Which languages have a marker of the comparative degree of adjectives that coincides with a marker of a low degree? ...or which has evolved from such a low degree marker?

(A message asking for the list of such languages was originally posted by Lisa Bylinina at this internet page, check in Russian, under number 1.)

Another term that has been used for these "low degree markers" could be attenuative, cf. Boguslavsky,Iomdin(2009) in "Semantics of Attenuated Comparatives in Russian" on the Russian words with po-

we will henceforth refer to them as attenuatives, following Igor Mel’čuk(1998).

In fact, this "whole story about low degrees and comparison grew out of Russian po-, and the role it plays in comparative construction, but the really striking fact about Bulgarian is that po- there has nothing to do with low degree anymore at all. It is just the default (and the only? don't remember) comparative marker in Bulgarian".

  • Can you explain what you mean by 'low degree marker'? Commented Oct 23, 2011 at 5:27
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    Visiting the link I realized I can't see what was written in that site. Can you please report here, also for ease of reference?
    – Alenanno
    Commented Oct 23, 2011 at 8:21
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    @imz I meant the first, look I see this "äÏÒÏÇÉÅ ËÏÌÌÅÇÉ, íÎÅ ÂÙ ÈÏÔÅÌÏÓØ ÕÚÎÁÔØ, × ËÁËÉÈ ÑÚÙËÁÈ ÂÙ×ÁÅÔ ÓÌÅÄÕÀÝÅÅ". If I can't see it in the link, then it's better to quote the real text here. If it's important to see the text of course, but I get it is, since you linked to it. :)
    – Alenanno
    Commented Oct 23, 2011 at 8:33
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    The original Russian text of the question (in case you get a wrong encoding when you ollow the link): Мне бы хотелось узнать, в каких языках бывает следующее: 1) Показатель сравнительной формы прилагательного совпадает с показателем низкой степени или развился из такого показателя; Commented Oct 23, 2011 at 8:41
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    Do you know at least one language that has this feature? An example would certainly improve your question and increase its chances of receiving an answer. Commented Nov 6, 2011 at 0:19


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