Dalcurian adjective hierarchy

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In English, when we use more than one adjective in succession, there tends to be a particular order that each adjective follows according to its descriptive nature, (although this is not a static rule of grammar). Look at these sentences:

  • The beautiful, tall Italian lady.
  • Her short, black, shiny hair.
  • Those square wooden hat boxes.
  • Some delicious, Thai food.
  • That dilapitated, little hunting cabin.
  • A wonderful, old British touring car.
  • An expensive, antique, silver mirror.

Each of the adjectives have a certain descriptive feature and normally follow one another in a set pattern:

determiner observation physical description : size age shape colour origin material qualifier noun
the beautiful tall Italian - - lady
her - short black - - shiny hair
those - square - wooden - hat boxes
some delicious - Thai - - food
that delapitated little - - - hunting cabin
a wonderful old british - - touring car
an expensive antique - silver - mirror

On occasions, the observation and physical description adjectives can be interchangeable:

  • The tall, beautiful Italian lady.
  • That little, dilapidated hunting cabin.

But for the most part, it doesn’t sound quite right:

  • An old, wonderful British touring car.
  • An antique, expensive silver mirror.

And it sounds very odd if we place the origin adjective first:

  • The Italian, tall beautiful lady.
  • A British, wonderful old touring car.
  • Some Thai delicious food.

With the exception of origin adjectives, Dalcurian has no peticular hierarchy. Placement can be purely down to which is important or which is to be stressed (if any). However, the origin adjective ALWAYS goes last, and is introduced as a relative taÞ clause:

  • Di æanasiaÞáli; viténa; siasáj, taÞ Itälátsi. lit: The beautiful, tall lady, who is Italian.
  • EÞöa qélafri; ésenej, taÞ Tælátsi. lit: Some delicious food, which is Thai.

A semi-colon is used to set off multiple adjectives.

This article is one of many about the Dalcurian language.

Sub categories:

Dalcurian language and basic history:
Halcánian dialect
Dalcurian alphabet and pronunciation
Comparison of adjectives * Comparative sentences * Adjective endings * Adjective tense * Attributive and Predicative adjectives * Post positive adjectives * Inherent and non-inherent adjectives * Nominal adjectives * Resultant adjectives * Adjectives with prepositions * Adjective Hierarchy * Adjective Negation
The verb to do * Modal Verbs * Verb Moods
Preposition word order * Alternative uses of prepositions

Miscellaneous word and phrase lists:

Colours * Days/months/seasons * Describing people * Names of Countries * Hello/goodbye Please/thankyou * Intensifiers * English Dalcurian Dictionary


Omniglot * Various webpages in Dalcurian