The universal and typological status of the notion of word class - closely related to part-of-speech systems, morphology, syntax and the lexicon-syntax interface - continues to be of major linguistic theoretical interest. The papers included in this volume offer a fresh look at the variety of current theoretical and descriptive approaches to word class issues, and present original analyses and new data from a number of languages. The primary focus is on methods (including computational ones) and criteria for identifying and representing major word classes and subclasses in specific languages, with considerable attention also directed towards the characterization of the nature and role of minor - or neglected - word classes, including trans-categorization processes. The range of topics and perspectives covered makes this volume of considerable interest to both theoretical linguists and typologists.
1. Foreword and acknowledgements; 2. Introduction: New approaches to old Word Class issues (by Simone, Raffaele); 3. PART I. Types of word classes; 4. Carving verb classes from corpora (by Lenci, Alessandro); 5. Classes of creation verbs (by Jezek, Elisabetta); 6. On Light Nouns (by Simone, Raffaele); 7. The 'new adjectives' of Tswana (by Creissels, Denis); 8. The Chinese adjective as a word class (by Arcodia, Giorgio F.); 9. Qualifying modifier encoding and adjectival typology (by Alfieri, Luca); 10. PART II. Minor and neglected word classes; 11. Hungarian is a classifier language (by Csirmaz, Aniko); 12. Cardinal numerals: A syntax-semantics interface analysis (by Pannain, Rossella); 13. On the borders of neglected word classes: From preverbs to 'satellites' via adverbs and particles (by Sores, Anna); 14. PART III. Across word classes; 15. Between adjective and noun: Category/function mismatch, constructional overrides and coercion (by Lauwers, Peter); 16. On decategorization and its relevance in German (by Gaeta, Livio); 17. PART IV. Radical views: Do we really need word classes?; 18. Word-class features and reduplicative meaning: The case of Modern Greek (by Kallergi, Haritini); 19. Half and other unique words: Corpus patterns and lexicalist syntax (by Janssen, Maarten); 20. Index of languages; 21. Index of names; 22. Index of subjects