***** To join INSNA, visit http://www.insna.org ***** Dear All, Does anybody know (or want to risk hypothesising) any "rules" about the formation of adjectives from names in a scholarly context? I have reviewed a paper which uses Bourdieusian which sounds wrong (and also slightly ugly) but I can't appeal to any "authority" beyond my own ear for language - which is hardly infallible. There seems to be quite a large set of possible endings some irregular: Pigouvian (economist Pigou) Shavian (George Bernard Shaw) Kafkaesque (Is there some implication of "in the style of" rather than "intellectually similar to" with esque? I don't hear it used much in academia: Granovetteresque? Granovetterian?) Marxist (At some point there was meant to be a substantive distinction between Marxist analysis and Marxian analysis. Perhaps only a Marxish scholar could make sense of this distinction!) Nobody seems to use "ish" seriously but I have heard "Pinterish" instead of "Pinteresque". Are there some names that defy this approach and are usually "in the style of x" instead? The nearest to a rule I see is "usually ian unless it doesn't work and then do something with the last letter" but I can't think of anything like the "add s" case in Bordieusian which is why I think it might be wrong. It is Rousseauesque or Rosseauian (!) rather than Rosseausian (but then this has a lot of esses already). Some possibilities are ruled out by ugliness (Uzzi-ish) or by unfortunate meanings (Wellmaniac). Of course, not everyone is eminent enough (or has a distinctive enough style of analysis) to justify these terms but still I am curious. (It is also quite hard to research this on the web because one needs to work through all the possibilities - and could easily miss irregular ones.) On google, I get 9,880,000 for Marxist, 893,000 for Marxian (many more than I expected), 170 for Marxesque and 613 for Marxish. All the best, Edmund _____________________________________________________________________ SOCNET is a service of INSNA, the professional association for social network researchers (http://www.insna.org). To unsubscribe, send an email message to [log in to unmask] containing the line UNSUBSCRIBE SOCNET in the body of the message.