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Parts of Speech - how many?

From:Harald Stoiber <stoiberh@...>
Date:Friday, July 18, 2003, 18:29
On Thu, 17 Jul 2003 03:18:31 EDT, David J. Peterson <ThatBlueCat@...> wrote:

>But, to address your basic concern, no, you don't have to be locked in to IE >classifications. Polynesian languages have basically two categories, Semitic >three (well, Arabic, at least), and doesn't Lojban have only one? >Anything's possible, if you can imagine it. > >-David >
Yes, and about simplifying an existing system much has been said. But: What if somebody wants to create an artlang just for himself, saying: I want more parts of speech! Many ways of minimizing and combining parts of speech have been pointed out. What, on the contrary, is the known, thought or perceived maximum for their number and diversity? Sounds like a stupid question? Maybe. But since its about artistic freedom of conlanging, this list should be the right place to discuss it. ;-) So what do you think? Who has already implement more parts of speech than a strictly "optimized" (whatever that means) or "standard" (whatever _that_ means! *g*) grammar would have suggested - even more parts of speech than the respective type of grammar would typically have? Or another way round: Did you already split up a grammatical concept in two because you volunteered to have another part of speech? In curious patience awaiting your answers, Harald :-))


Ian Spackman <ianspackman@...>
Herman Miller <hmiller@...>
David Barrow <davidab@...>