Here's my first contribution to this website - copied over from the e-sangha:
Vacīvibhāga, bhāga 1
Words that are nāma are of three kinds: nāmanāma, guṇanāma, sabbanāma.
A word that is the name of a person, animal, place, or thing/object is called nāmanāma.
nāmanāma is of two kinds:
1) sādhāraṇanāma - a name that can be used in common regarding other people, animals, places, etc. For example, manusso (human), tiracchāno (animal), nagaraṃ (city), etc.
2) asādhāraṇanāma - a name that cannot be used in common by anything else. For example, Dighāvu (a boy named Dighāvu), Erāvaṇo (the elephant Erāvaṇa), Savatthī (the city Savatthī).
A word that describes the characteristics of a nāmanāma, in order to help one know whether it is good or bad, etc., is called a guṇanāma. For example, paņņavā = "having wisdom", and puriso = "man". According to our langage, the meaning [of these two words together] is "a man who has wisdom". puriso is a nāmanāma. paņņavā is a guṇanāma.
guṇanāma are of three levels:
1) pakati - describes simply whether the nāmanāma is good or bad (etc.). e.g. paṇḍito = is a wise one; pāpo = is evil.
2) visesa - describes the nāmanāma to be better or worse (etc.). e.g. paṇḍitaro = is more of a wise one; pāpataro = is more evil.
3) ativisesa - describes the nāmanāma to be the best or worst (etc.). e.g. paṇdittamo = is the wisest one; pāpatamo = is the most evil.
visesaguṇanāma may be formed by putting the suffix tara or iya on the end of a pakatiguṇanāma, or using the prefix ati (=very) at the beginning.
ativisesaguṇanāma may be formed by putting the suffix tama or iṭṭha on the end of a pakatiguṇanāma, or using the prefix ati and the participle viya (ativiya = beyond compare) at the beginning.
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