MULTEXT-East Morphosyntactic Specifications, Version 4

3.1.4. English Adjective

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Table 25. English Specification for Adjective
P Attribute (en) Value (en) Code (en)
0 CATEGORY Adjective A
1 Type qualificative f
2 Degree positive p
comparative c
superlative s Notes

Gender, number and case irrelevant for English.

Attributive/predicative distinction reflects positional constraints - some adjectives ('mere', 'utter', etc.) only appear in prenominal position, while others ('awake', 'devoid', etc.) only appear in predicative position. Most can appear in either.

Since many English comparatives and superlatives are formed with more/most, "positive" cannot be interpreted as "neither comparative nor superlative". See "Adverbs". MSD Index

This index gives the complete list of morphosyntactic descriptions (MSDs) and their features. In the table below, the first column gives the MSD, the second its expansion into a feature-structure, the third gives the number of entries in the lexicon (71,784 entries), and the fourth gives some examples as word-form/lemma. The list was extracted form the English MULTEXT-East lexicon.

Table 26. MSDs (4)
MSD (en) Features (en) Lexical entries Examples of usage
Af Adjective Type=qualificative 865 zany, young, yellow, yeasty, wry, wrinkly, worthy, wormy, worldly
Afp Adjective Type=qualificative Degree=positive 8533 zoological, zonal, Zionist, Zimbabwean, zigzag, zenithal, zealous
Afc Adjective Type=qualificative Degree=comparative 919 zanier/zany, younger/young, yellower/yellow, yeastier/yeasty
Afs Adjective Type=qualificative Degree=superlative 723 zaniest/zany, youngest/young, yellowest/yellow, wriest/wry, worthiest/worthy

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Date: 2010-05-12
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