13085Re: [ANE-2] A New Year's Question: "suffix pronoun" vs "pronominal suffix"
- Jan 1, 2011There is absolutely no reason not to use a noun-noun collocation in English! For
instance rye bread, arithmetic book. (In the latter you can see that it's two
nouns because "arithmetic" is pronounced with its noun stress aRITHmetic and not
its adjective stress arithMETic.) (Note also noun stress, not nominal stress;
adjective stress, not adjectival stress.) Compare physics textbook, which could
be either a physical textbook or a virtual textbook.
Note also that "pronoun suffix" was not considered in the original study -- cf.
gender suffix (not generic suffix), number suffix (not numeric(al) suffix).
Peter T. Daniels grammatim@...
From: Douglas Petrovich <dp@...>
Sent: Sat, January 1, 2011 2:20:50 PM
Subject: [ANE-2] A New Year's Question: "suffix pronoun" vs "pronominal suffix"
Technically speaking, "suffix pronoun" features two nouns, and thus is
grammatically incorrect in English. The only legitimate alternative would be to
hyphenate the words ("suffix-pronoun"), which essentially is the cowardly way
out. So, one is left to ask, "Is it a suffix, or is it a pronoun?" This is what
has led several of our respondents to suggest "suffixed pronoun" as a viable
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