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5 Adjectives

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This chapter deals with the adjectives of Atong language. There are two small classes of adjectives in Atong. They are type1 and type2 adjectives. The criteria for distinguishing these is summarised in the form of a "Table". It has to be noted that the property of being able to participate in comparative, superlative and excessive constructions is not a property that is characteristic only of adjectives but also of verbs. Type 1 adjectives are a subclass of intransitive verbs. Type 2 adjectives do not need derivational morphology to function as modifiers to nouns. Another section explains this type of adjectives. One more section lists remarks on certain adjectives. Native speakers, when being asked about the difference in meaning between the two constructions, say that their meaning is the same. This repetition is not for emphasis or intensification, but has the same meaning as the non-repeated construction.

Keywords: Adjectives; Atong; derivational morphology; intransitive verbs



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