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A Functional Analysis Of Adjectives In Newar

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This chapter establishes clear criteria for verbs, nouns and adjective classes in Newar, arguing for a class for adjectives and proposing three distinct sub-classes based on morphosyntactic criteria along the lines proposed by Dixon. It provides a detailed morphosyntactical and semantic description of these adjectives. The data used in the analysis were elicited from two consultants living in Patan, and are all drawn from my Newar story database. Unlike languages with distinct morphology for the adjective class, there are no unique morphological properties that distinguish adjectives from nouns and verbs in Newar. In the chapter, each concept is addressed in relation not only to adjectives but also to related words that carry dimension, age, value, colour, physical property, human propensity, speed, difficulty, similarity, qualification, quantification, position and cardinal numbersconcepts, so as to clarify the semantic range of the adjective class in Newar.

Keywords: adjectives classes; morphosyntactic criteria; Newar story database



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