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Nounal and pronomial

Posted: Sat Jul 01, 2017 5:12 am UTC
by Eebster the Great
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?

Re: Nounal and prenomial

Posted: Sat Jul 01, 2017 11:42 am UTC
by Flumble
Blame the English for bastardizing "nom"/"name" to "noun" ...and doing a half-assed job at that.

Re: Nounal and prenomial

Posted: Sat Jul 01, 2017 12:08 pm UTC
by goofy
Whats wrong with "nominal"

Re: Nounal and prenomial

Posted: Sat Jul 01, 2017 5:54 pm UTC
by eSOANEM
I'd only ever heard "nominal" before which is entirely consistent with pronominal

Re: Nounal and pronomial

Posted: Sat Jul 01, 2017 6:26 pm UTC
by Eebster the Great
According to Wikipedia, "nominal" has a different, more general meaning in linguistics.

Re: Nounal and pronomial

Posted: Mon Jul 03, 2017 9:03 am UTC
by Grop
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).

Re: Nounal and pronomial

Posted: Mon Jul 03, 2017 4:21 pm UTC
by chridd
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".