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7 The Article with Individual Parts of Speech

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Historically, the function of the article with a wide variety of parts of speech, from individual lexical items to groups and phrases, as concrete, has been defined in terms of converting them into a substantive; that is, something that is like a noun. When a participle functions as the head of a nominal group and is modified by the article, the speaker/writer is indicating that the process grammaticalized by the participle is to be used for the purpose of identification. In the same way, when an adjective functions as the head of the group is modified by the article, it indicates that the quality grammaticalized by the adjective is to be used for the purpose of identification. The article and adjective combine to indicate that the referent is a class whose identity is based solely on the quality expressed by the adjective.

Keywords: adjective functions; article; parts of speech



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