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Degrees[edit]

A Degree marker can be added to indicate some degree. There are neutral ones, as well as ones with a negative and positive emotion conveyed.

Neutral degree markers:

Láadan Description
-hel to a trivial degree; slightly
-hil to a minor degree; rather
(none) to an ordinary degree
-hal to an unusual degree; very
-hul to an extreme degree
-háalish to an extraordinary degree

Negative degree markers:

Láadan Description
-hele to a troublesome degree
-hile to a severe degree
-hule to an intolerable degree
-shule an unbearable degree, would cause a catastrophic event; used as an emergency form.

Positive degree markers:

Láadan Description
-théle to a pleasing degree; fine
-thíle to a more-than-pleasing degree; excellent
-thúul to an extraordinarily pleasing degree; magnificient
-thúle to the furthest degree of pleasingness possible; perfect

Interrogative degree marker:

The interrogative marker, "-haba", can be used to ask "to what degree?"

(Amberwind (2012), Láadan Lessons, p. 295 )

Examples[edit]

Láadan English Vocab words
Báa íthi bo? Is the mountain tall? íthi = tall, bo = mountain
Báa íthihaba bo? How tall is the mountain?
Bíi íthihul bo wa. The mountain is extremely tall. (Neutral)
Bíi íthithúul bo wa. The mountain is extremely tall. (Positive - it's great that it's tall!)
Bíi íthithule bo wa. The mountain is extremely tall. (Negative - it's awful that it's tall!)

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