Teonaht also has an equative, "as beautiful as,"
and it is developing what I call an "alterative":
"other beautiful than."  Meaning "beautiful in
a different way."  I wanted Teonaht to be able
to express other than binary oppositions in its
basic grammar.  Do other natlangs have this
concept in the comparative?

zef androfaiht,
        "comely, handsome man."

zef hdo androfaiht
        "as, so, how handsome a man"
ta der hdo androfaiht zef-li
        "a man as handsome as he."
        (lit: "as him so handsome the man")

zef mak'androfaiht
        "a handsomer man"
ta der mak'androfaiht zef-li
        "a more handsome man than he"

zef hse androfaiht
        "A most handsome man."
om dwe hse androfaiht li zef
        "The handsomest man of them (all)"

zef vekr' andofaiht
        "less handsome man."
ta der vekr'androfaiht zef-li,
        "a less handsome man than he"

zef ykhs' androfaiht,
        "least handsome man"
om dwe ykhs' androfaiht zef-li,
        "the least handsome man of them (all)."

zef uor androfaiht
        "a man 'differently' handsome.
ta der uor androfaiht zef-li
        "A man handsome in a different way from him."

----- Original Message -----
From: Andreas Johansson <[log in to unmask]>
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> I recently realized that from an internal POW, it'd make a lot of sense
> Tairezazh to have "negative" degrees of comparation, that is inflections
> signifying "less" and "least". So, taking _dair_ "beautiful" as example,
> full range of comparation 'd be:

Tairezazh, what a lovely name!  Sounds like something the
Teonim would exclaim over for beauty.

> tshedair    most beautiful
> dadair      more beautiful
> dair        beautiful
> medair      less beautiful
> sizdair     least beautiful
> (All to be stressed on the _ai_)
> Are there any natlangs with a similar system?

You've made them prefixes, which is nice.  Spanish
and French express these distinctions, as does Teonaht,
in adverbs that precede the adjective:  hermosa, mas
hermosa, menos hermosa,  la menos hermosa, etc.   I
suppose they could easily become prefixual in Teonaht.
English can suffix them:  "prettier, prettiest"--which seems
typical of Germanic languages--as well as revert to the
adverb:  more beautiful, most beautiful, a legacy, perhaps,
from its exposure to French.

Sally Caves
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