relational adjective

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Noun1.relational adjective - an adjective that classifies its noun (e.g., `a nervous disease' or `a musical instrument')
adjective - a word that expresses an attribute of something
pertainym - meaning relating to or pertaining to
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(21.) The most common translation into German of a Latin or Romance noun phrase containing a relational adjective is a noun-noun compound.
Here, solar is a relational adjective, which expresses a relation to a corresponding noun, in this case sun.
A productive area of transposition in Russian is relational adjective derivation, such as serebr'an(ij) 'silver (adj)' from serebr(o) 'silver (noun)'.
a nervous disease (compound) [-.sup.?] the disease is nervous (relational adjective); otherwise, the adjective is qualitative and the combination is a phrase, e.g.
pisarz widmo writer ghost 'a ghost writer' Difficulties in predicting the exact meaning of a given N+A combination partly stem from the semantic indeterminacy of classifying relational adjectives, which can denote any type of relatedness between the head noun and the noun which functions as the base of the relational adjective in question.
The notion of relational adjective has been around for quite some time now as an established term not only of theoretically-oriented or descriptive linguistics, but even at the level of grammars addressed to a larger public.
In Levi's theory, complex nominals include both noun-noun compounds and combinations of relational adjective and noun.
Relational adjectives (RAs) are adjectives such as architectural.
Since there is no systematic difference between possessive and qualitative adjectival suffixes, it is sometimes difficult to distinguish pure relational adjectives from the relational-qualitative type.
As regards classifiers, relational adjectives (basic, common, general, single, various, etc.) accounted for approximately 30% of the total occurrences in both AL and JASIST, and were used to restrict a noun's referent in relation to other referents.
In Lithuanian, an exceptionally productive suffix -in-is, -e is used to make relational adjectives (cf.
The first one is typical with relational adjectives, and we will call it the exclusively-reading: the subject only has a relevant relation with the notion denoted by the adjective, and there are no other relations with other notions.

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