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Parts of speech: Solid citizens or slippery customers?

Denison, David

Journal of the British Academy. 2013;1:151-185.

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Abstract

The ‘parts of speech’ which have played a fundamental role in most descriptions of grammar, from primary school curriculum to advanced linguistic theory, are explored in this article, which considers some intriguing changes in recent everyday English that challenge traditional assumptions about the definition and usefulness of word classes such as ‘pronoun’, ‘adjective’ and ‘noun’. The article raises important questions about what happens at the boundaries between these word classes and looks at how we can answer these questions—potentially changing the direction of both future linguistic research and pedagogical practice.

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eng
Volume:
1
Start page:
151
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185
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34
Pagination:
151-185
Digital Object Identifier:
10.5871/jba/001.151
Related website(s):
  • Journal of the British Academy http://www.britac.ac.uk/journal/1/Denison.cfm
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Immediate release
Attached files release date:
18th December, 2013
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Manchester eScholar ID:
uk-ac-man-scw:203732
Created by:
Denison, David
Created:
3rd August, 2013, 13:24:24
Last modified by:
Denison, David
Last modified:
4th March, 2015, 19:29:57