Lexical Categories: Verbs, Nouns and Adjectives by Mark C. BakerLexical Categories: Verbs, Nouns and Adjectives by Mark C. Baker

Lexical Categories: Verbs, Nouns and Adjectives

byMark C. Baker

Paperback | March 24, 2003

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Mark C. Baker investigates the fundamental nature of nouns, verbs, and adjectives. He claims that the various superficial differences found in particular languages have a single underlying source which can be used to provide better definitions of these "parts of speech". The new definitions are supported by data from languages from every continent. Baker's book argues for a formal, syntax-oriented, and universal approach to the parts of speech, as opposed to the functionalist, semantic, and relativist approaches that have dominated the subject.
Title:Lexical Categories: Verbs, Nouns and AdjectivesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:372 pages, 8.98 × 5.98 × 0.83 inPublished:March 24, 2003Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521001102

ISBN - 13:9780521001106

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements; List of abbreviations; 1. The problem of the lexical categories; 2. Verbs as licensers of subjects; 3. Nouns as bearers of a referential index; 4. Adjectives as neither nouns nor verbs; 5. Lexical categories and the nature of the grammar; Appendix: Adpositions as functional categories; References; Index.

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'... this book, which contains comprehensive and dynamic grammatical consequences of the universal three-way category system, is an important contribution to our understanding of lexical categories, which, seemingly self-evident, have escaped a good theoretical explanation.' Studies in English Literature