from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Of, relating to, or in the genitive case.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Having genitive form; pertaining to, or derived from, the genitive case; as, a genitival adverb
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Possessing genitive from; pertaining to, or derived from, the genitive case.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Relating or pertaining to the genitive.
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The misanalysis I'm suggesting affects genitival constructs i.e. words derived by way of genitive case markers, such as Pre-IE adjectives.
Of course, if that were correct that would open up Pandora's box some more and further hint that thematic nouns were... drumroll, please... misanalysed genitival derivatives.
At the same time this extended form occurs with final -e and -es, after datival and genitival words like on-buten, on-eanes.
I affected a combination of the styles of Macaulay and Gibbon, the staccato antitheses of the former and the rolling sentences and genitival endings of the latter; and I stuck in a bit of my own from time to time.
We are inclined to conjecture the _s_ a genitival one, supplying the place of a missing _of_ and _von_ respectively.
I shall have occasion to notice the peculiar use of the genitive case and of genitival adjectives in worship later on.
Mr. Masson's discussions of Milton's English are, it seems to me, for the most part unsatisfactory He occupies some ten pages, for example, with a history of the genitival form _its_, which adds nothing to our previous knowledge on the subject and which has no relation to Milton except for its bearing on the authorship of some verses attributed to him against the most overwhelming internal evidence to the contrary.
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