On Sun, Dec 2, 2018, at 10:13 PM, Alex Fink wrote: > On Sun, 2 Dec 2018 at 02:05, Stewart Fraser <[log in to unmask]> wrote: > > As for “gullwing”, well it is definitely an adjective to me. I have only ever heard it in the context “gullwing door” so it can not be otherwise. > > Er, sorry to let my pedant out on the least interesting part of this > conversation, but that's the claim I was trying to answer. If a > mystery word "gullwing" really could only appear in the context > "gullwing door", (and morphology gave us no clues,) then we wouldn't > have enough information to tell if it was a noun or an adjective, and > we shouldn't make the call yet. In syntax it could be an adjective, > making the phrase parallel to "wooden door", or it could be a noun, > making it parallel to "wood door". As these two examples illustrate > semantics doesn't help you. > > To support that it is (or can be) an adjective one would want to show > that it can take part in a construction that is unique to adjectives. > Maybe degree modification or comparison? "This is a very gullwing > door"? "This door is more gullwing than that one"? "I have to go to the mechanics, because now I have a gullwed door"