Along the lines of How do languages which have adjectives after the noun work with complex phrases? (my last question), I am wondering now more about compound English words and how to break these apart and somehow "reverse" the order of things (though not necessarily reverse, because I'm not 100% clear yet on what I want totally, still unclear to me so far).
Basically I am thinking of phrases like this:
- carefully planned meeting
- crazy beautiful
- insanely tricky puzzle
If I try and straight ahead "reverse" these, I first have to break them down into more atomic units. So first, before reversing, I do:
- care full [like] plan [past] meet [flow]
- crazy beauty full
- insane [like] trick [like] puzzle
Not perfect, but seems close enough. Then I try and go about reversing it (to make the adjectives trail after the head noun or element):
- flow meet past plan like full care
- full beauty crazy
- puzzle like trick like insane
It would be perceived sort of like this:
- [flow meet] [past plan] [like full care]
- [full beauty] crazy
- puzzle [like trick] [like insane]
To me, this doesn't make any sense, and feels really hard to grok. Is it just because it is unnatural to me? Or do languages do it like this? Or am I doing it wrong and real or constructed languages do it differently when they do the "adjectives last" approach? How exactly do they do it when these words like "beauty-full" are compound words which need to be split up, and somehow also rotated in the phrase?
How do you know what should feel natural? Meta-question, can I train myself to feel new ways of doing things are natural? The english way, where we have nested structures chained together like
[[a, b, c], [d, e, f]] just "feels right" for some reason, and I'm not sure it's purely based on my upbringing.
Another simpler example to demonstrate the point is,
-ed past tense. A word like "walked". Does it become
[past] walk or
walk [past]? Which part of English should be reversed and which shouldn't basically? I have been thinking about it in terms of a URL structure, how would I do that. Would it be one of these?
/past/walk, where it's first scoping you down to an abstract past, then to a more specific action (general -> specific)
/walk/past, where it's filtering the walk to a more specific walk, but really going specific -> general in terms of terminology.
I can't tell which one would be more appropriate, if the goal is to make a hierarchy of sort of "filtering" like this (a website even).