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Day: December 18, 2015

What does the Portuguese language sound like to foreigners?…

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Posted in categories: Linguistics, Other Languages

In my considered opinion, Portuguese sounds like a drowsy headcold. I randomly surveyed a representative sample of objective language critics (my wife), and have the additional answer “tongue-twisted”. Answered 2015-12-18 [Originally posted on http://quora.com/What-does-the-Portuguese-language-sound-like-to-foreigners/answer/Nick-Nicholas-5]

Do languages other than Turkish have intensified adjectives? How are these intensified adjectives constructed? I am especially interested in the case of Japanese.

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Posted in categories: Linguistics, Modern Greek

http://www.turkishlanguage.co.uk/intadjlist.htm To add to Achilleas Vortselas’ answer for Greek, The prefix παν- “all” is another intensifier, which was also in use in Ancient Greek. So πάμμαυρος “all-black” (which is not ancient), παμμάταιος “all-vain” (which is). Greek also has superlative adjectives (so μαυρότατος “blackest”). And a colloquial (negative) intensifying prefix is in fact… καρα-, which is […]

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