Category:Nominal Syntax
Feature:Adjectives without Nouns WALS
Name:Not without noun
Languages (78):
Conlangs (77):
Lembrin
Poswa
Khafos
Kazujisha
Jarolim
Skerre
Torain
Terpish
Tirelat
Lajik
Rejistanian
Shsiwhe Luwur
Vilani
FIAL
Rång
Aveata
Yivrian
Neimalu
Zanese
Wilas
Ngovasi
Toilan
Lemohai
Taiwazaiho
Torimish
Waku Typically, a dummy noun would be used, such as taka ('person', 'man') or kati ('thing', 'object').
Sentalian
Traxvus
Kiassan Turasta
Kemba
Endehl
Dangin Nira
Mîrkšam
Arroe
Himmaswa
Proto-Frinthan
Ieteje
Ozavakve
Sarikan
Lup (Simplified)
Alternatively, the adjective can be converted to a noun with a change of suffix.
Alahithian
Dothraki
donawean
Tatari Faran
Fayn
Cwengaer
Nahakhontl
Adejori
Emeranye
Wally Toxic
Lanbuvia
Nuvelé
Ronc Tyu
Abaru Human Proto-Language
urdcax
Kaidu
Lántas
Ernalan
Mindakri
diSellat
Tasza
Ganur Lon
Minhast
Khan Nilau Khaftim
Pannonian
Common Honey
Pejlanrau Khanech Khaftim
Etelegbe
Faikari
Interglossa
Brasarg
Laga
Westlandish
Missa

There are two different suffixes, both used in common speech, to make an adjective a noun (e.g. "The green one"):

  1. The suffix -eń. This suffix is relatively new and is literally taken from the word 'thing'. In English, 'malkeń' would translate more to 'the green thing' than 'the green one', but it can be used for either due to the alternate meaning of the suffix below.
  2. The suffix -on. This suffix is very productive, and is the standard maker of nouns from other roots. In Enlgish, 'malk-on' would translate to either 'the green one' (between several options) or 'the color green'.
Eneqa
Zdetl
Common Minervan

Natlangs (1):
Kayardild