Categorization of Word Classes in Kuay
Categorizing word classes in an isolating language is a difficult task. Most linguists who are researching on such languages have been trying to classify word classes based on other languages that have absolute morphological part of speeches, such as most Indo-European languages. In other cases, they have been focusing on semantic properties of the words. Some researchers even gave up on categorizing word classes in detail, and simply presented two major classes: nouns and verbs. However, there are small numbers of papers that categorize word classes in some isolating languages primarily based on the distributional criteria.
this paper, I try to categorize word classes in Kuay (<
Investigating the co-occurrence of synnomous words and autonomous words gives us some positive evidences to contemporary classify word classes in Kuay into at least four categories: nouns, verbs, prepositions, and verb particles.
Further studies needed to be conducted in order to fully figure out how many word classes should be identified in Kuay.
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