Caietele Sextil Pușcariu

Roxana Vieru

THE SUPERLATIVE IN OLD ROMANIAN TEXTS
(Abstract)

We came up with the idea for this article as we observed the remarks made by past-time grammarians in their books that the superlative had the two values we know about, relative and absolute, and that the latter was expressed by means of two to five markers. Since the present day researchers appreciate that Romanian has a lot more ways to indicate the highest degree of intensity, we wondered whether there wasn’t more in the language that wasn’t taken into consideration by specialists. So, we searched the 16th and 17th century texts to prove ourselves right: there were many modalities to show the intensity of adjectives and adverbs.

Cuvinte-cheie: superlativ, mărci ale intensității, grade de comparație, vechi texte românești, gramatică.
Keywords: superlative, intensity markers, degrees of comparison, old Romanian texts, grammar.

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