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Journal Article

Grammatical Categories

Benjamin Lee Whorf
Language
Vol. 21, No. 1 (Jan. - Mar., 1945), pp. 1-11
DOI: 10.2307/410199
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/410199
Page Count: 11

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Topics: Verbs, Nouns, Words, Adjectives, Grammatical gender, Signatures, Sentences, Lexemes, Language, Pronouns
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Abstract

The paper outlines a general theory of grammatical categories. These fall into two main types, descriptive and taxonomic. Descriptive categories are either specific or generic. There are three kinds of specific categories: overt (phenotype), covert (cryptotype), and isosemantic; each of these is subdivided into selective categories and modulus categories. All terms in this classification are defined and illustrated.

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