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Discussing: Adjective differentiation
05 Sep 04 1:15 AM
While flipping through the admittedly incomplete Vocabularies at Ardalambion, I ran across the adjective sinta
, "short," and began to wonder.
Does Quenya differentiate between "short" with regard to length and "short" with regard to height? That is, could a short Elf compose a short poem (with sinta
as the adjective for both the subject and the object)? I saw that anda
mark the distinction between "long" and "tall" in Quenya, as in English. (E.g. You can drive on a long road, but not a tall one), but did not find a corresponding distinction for "short."
Any help would be wonderful, assuming of course, that the above makes sense. This is always a questionable proposition.
Re: Adjective differentiation
20 Sep 04 6:35 PM
Reply To: 31185
For what it's worth, sinta
comes from the same root (STINTÂ
) as Sindarin thinnas
, the term for a mark indicating the short duration of a vowel. Based on that (and only
that, it should be emphasised), I would say tentatively that there is
a distinction between length-"short" and height-"short", and that sinta
refers to the first of these only.
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