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Attributive or adverbial
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A sequence of two adjectives before a following noun is potentially ambiguous, in case a singular neuter construction is involved which exhibits strong agreement.

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A sequence of two adjectives before a following noun is potentially ambiguous, in case a singular neuter construction is involved which exhibits strong agreement. The first adjective can either be analysed as an attributive adjective, as in (a) or as an adverb modifying the second adjective, as in (b):

Example 1

a. In [bespotlik [lyts jisterke]
a ridiculous small milking.place.NG
A ridiculous small milking place
b. In [[bespotlik lyts] jisterke]
a ridiculous small milking.place.NG
A ridiculously small milking place

In other cases than strong agreement in the neuter singular, attributive agreement disambiguates the attributive reading from the adverbial one. In the case of attributive agreement, the adjective will be marked with schwa, and in the case of the adverbial reading, the adjective will be unmarked:

Example 2

a. De bespotlike lytse jister
the ridiculous small milking.place.CG
The ridiculous small milking place
b. De bespotlik lytse jister
the ridiculously small milking.place.CG
The ridiculously small milking place

The adjective hielvery, however, may exhibit attributive agreement in informal Frisian, even though it is used as an adverb. The following minimal pair illustrates this:

Example 3

a. Hiel aardige fammen
very friendly girls.PL
Very friendly girls
b. Hiel-e aardige fammen
very.PL friendly girls.PL
Very friendly girls
c. Hiel gleon sop
very hot soup.NG
Very hot soup
d. *Hiele gleon sop
very.CG hot soup.NG
Very hot soup
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