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sorry, that's correct.  a slip of the latin tongue.  par- is equal (like
pair, through french).  pon- is to put.  what about...."supponentive"?

right, *latus* is the passive participle of *ferre* (from a different
indo-european root as it were but cf. greek *tlaƍ* "to endure, undergo";
initial tl- becomes l- in latin).  from a purely geometrical perspective,
"sublative" is the opposite of "superlative" and could be used to mean
"(the) least X" (ie.. carried below [all]); however, it is again the name of
a nominal case in many con-/natlangs (e.g. hungarian again).

these are becoming...unwieldy at best.  if one needs encouragement to derive
conlang grammatical terms from the conlang itself, this is it.  refer to the
"negative comparative"/supponentive as the "aofj9pi9pwiajw3," stipulate that
no aofsij7wopa3eij grammarian has come up with an english term for it yet,
and be done with it!

On Wed, May 12, 2010 at 2:30 PM, Charlie <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

> --- In [log in to unmask], Matthew Boutilier <mboutili@...> wrote:
> >
> > "comparative" means "put with" or "put next to" in latin.  may i
> > propose "supparative" (put under)?
>
> According to the AHD, the verb 'compare' (> comparative) is formed from
> 'com-', mutually, and 'par', equal.  There is no verb element (put with, put
> next to) in the etymology.
>
> 'Supparative' would then mean something like 'under-equal', the meaning of
> which I can't fathom.
>
> Personally, 'supparative' is too similar to 'suppurate' for comfort.
>
> 'Superlative' does have a verb in the etymology: < 'super', over, and
> 'ferre', to carry; i.e., carried over.
>
> Charlie
>