Nounal and pronomial

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Nounal and pronomial

Postby Eebster the Great » Sat Jul 01, 2017 5:12 am UTC

Of all the adjectival forms of the parts of speech ("verbal," "adverbial," "prepositional," etc.), "nounal" is surely the strangest. It is rarely used and doesn't sound like a real word. Yet the adjectival form of "pronoun" is not "pronounal" but "pronomial," also rarely used, but at least a bit less awkward. Whom can I blame for this appalling state of affairs?
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Re: Nounal and prenomial

Postby Flumble » Sat Jul 01, 2017 11:42 am UTC

Blame the English for bastardizing "nom"/"name" to "noun" ...and doing a half-assed job at that.

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Re: Nounal and prenomial

Postby goofy » Sat Jul 01, 2017 12:08 pm UTC

Whats wrong with "nominal"

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Re: Nounal and prenomial

Postby eSOANEM » Sat Jul 01, 2017 5:54 pm UTC

I'd only ever heard "nominal" before which is entirely consistent with pronominal
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Re: Nounal and pronomial

Postby Eebster the Great » Sat Jul 01, 2017 6:26 pm UTC

According to Wikipedia, "nominal" has a different, more general meaning in linguistics.

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Re: Nounal and pronomial

Postby Grop » Mon Jul 03, 2017 9:03 am UTC

One would normally use noun as a adjective, as in a noun phrase. I suppose nominal wouldn't be ambiguous in the contexts* where noun wouldn't fit.

* (contexts that I don't imagine at the moment).

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Re: Nounal and pronomial

Postby chridd » Mon Jul 03, 2017 4:21 pm UTC

Eebster the Great wrote:According to Wikipedia, "nominal" has a different, more general meaning in linguistics.
So does "adverbial". And "verbal" of course means "relating to language".
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