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Ordinary adjectives
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The schwa is used to mark a neuter definite nominalization of an adjective. It has a context-insensitive interpretation.

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The schwa is used to mark a neuter definite nominalization of an adjective. An example is provided below:

Example 1

It moaie
the beautiful
Beauty

Such an example is ambiguous between two readings. In written language, the phrase may refer to a neuter antecedent in the linguistic context. However, it may also have a reading in which it refers to the property of being beautiful, and in this case it is comparable to a morphological nominalisation. Such examples shows that neuter gender may be associated with a semantic effect, even though it is often arbitrary as a property of lexical nouns. Two examples of this reading are provided below:

Example 2

a. Libbest foar it goede of it noflike
live.2SG for the good or the pleasurable
Do you aspire to good things or beautiful things?
b. Plato's definysje fan it goede
Plato's definition of the good
Plato's definition of the good

The construction is often used to denote an aspect of a matter:

Example 3

a. It moaie fan dy saak wie ..
the beautiful of that matter was ..
The beautiful thing about that case ..
b. It frustrearjende wie dat ..
the frustrating was that ..
The frustrating thing was that ..

It can also be used with non-subjective set-denoting adjectives:

Example 4

a. It reade fan dy sjaal partuert goed mei dyn jûpe
the red of that shawl combines well with your dress
The red colour of that shawl combines well with your dress
b. It fluchste is der ôf
the fastest is R from
He/she/it is becoming less fast
c. It steile fan dy berch nekt dy
the steep of that mountain breaks you
The sheer steepness of the mountain wears you down
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