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Adjective Classes: A Cross-Linguistic Typology (Explorations by R. M. W. Dixon, Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald

By R. M. W. Dixon, Alexandra Y. Aikhenvald

The reports during this quantity recommend that each language has an adjective classification, yet those fluctuate in personality and in dimension. In its grammatical houses, an adjective category may possibly beas just like nouns, or to verbs, or to either, or to neither.ze. while in a few languages the adjective classification is huge and will be freely further to, in others it really is small and closed. with only a dozen or so contributors. The e-book will curiosity students and complex scholars of language typology and of the syntax and semantics of adjectives.

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16 R. M. W. 1. Different possibilities within the predicate slot In some languages exactly the same morphological processes and syntactic modifiers may apply to a verb and an adjective within a predicate. However, in many languages the possibilities vary. Most typically, an adjective is far more restricted than a verb when it occurs as predicate head. For example, in the Iroquoian language Cherokee (Feeling 1975), a verb as predicate head allows three types of prefix and two varieties of suffix.

Just as in most languages it is an easy matter to give criteria for distinguishing nouns from verbs, so in many languages it is an easy matter to distinguish adjectives as a separate word class. I mentioned that there are just a few languages 12 R. M. W. Dixon in which, at first blush, nouns and verbs appear to function alike; however, in every instance, a careful and detailed examination of the grammar reveals a number of fairly subtle but absolutely robust criteria for distinguishing two word classes.

Some languages whose adjectives are (II) non-verb-like and (B) non-noun-like. We can now examine, in turn, languages of type (I) and of type (A). 1 deals with languages in which adjectives can fill the intransitive predicate slot and have similar properties to verbs; it surveys the criteria which may serve to distinguish adjectives from verbs in these languages. 2 examines languages in which adjectives have a similar morphological and syntactic profile to nouns, surveying criteria that can be found to distinguish the class of adjectives from the class of nouns.

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