Category talk:English parts of speech

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the parts of speech 1 noun 2 pronouns 3adverbs 4verbs 5 conjuctions 6preposition 7 adjectives 8 interjection

"Parts of speech" anachronistic[edit]

According to Geoffry K. Pullum, co-author of the Cambridge Grammar of the English Language, "'parts of speech' is an old-fashioned name for lexical categories — classes to which words with similar grammatical properties belong, e.g., noun, verb, adjective, adverb, preposition. Categories of this sort are in fact the key element that lifts grammatical description up to a level of abstraction where you are not talking about speech, you are talking about higher-level units to which various grammatically equivalent small stretches of speech can be treated as belonging."

Modern lexical categories for English would include determiners, coordinators, and subordinators, while avoiding conjunctions.--BrettR 13:53, 26 October 2006 (UTC)



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Category:English parts of speech to either Category:English terms or Category:English terms by part of speech[edit]

The name 'English parts of speech' is a bit misleading as it makes it seem like the category itself contains parts of speech (whatever that means). But it really contains all English terms sorted by part of speech. So I believe the category's name should reflect that. I personally think that 'English terms' is nicer, because it reflects the category's main purpose: to contain all terms in English. Granted, we don't actually put any terms in the category itself, but we do put them in subcategories, and there should to be no terms that are not part of that tree of categories in some way. (Also, I believe it may be nice to have a single category for all lemmas, but I suppose that would make indexes a little less useful.) —CodeCat 19:11, 19 June 2012 (UTC)

I don't know, it doesn't seem like a big issue IMO. We would also have to do this for every other language tbh if we change it...It does indirectly contain all parts of speech as you mentioned and I think the subcategory links generated at the top of the category by {{poscatboiler}} are helpful enough. 50 Xylophone Players talk 17:27, 21 June 2012 (UTC)
Oppose, the two suggested titles don't seem like am improvement. And there's no point making a large, difficult move for a title that is either no better, or actually worse. Mglovesfun (talk) 18:48, 21 June 2012 (UTC)

RFM discussion: July 2014[edit]

See Category talk:English lemmas#RFM discussion: July 2014.