Major Parts of Speech
- ostentive definition of the word's meaning is possible (i.e. definition by pointing at the object/ the activity)
- the meaning is lexical, i.e. there is a referent in the world; we also call these words content words.
- diachronically, the words emerge and disappear fast (If there are new inventions or items/ activities go out of use)
- open word classes (i.e. words can be added to these classes)
- the word classes are defined by operational tests (we use semantic, morphological and syntactic criteria since it is impossible to give a complete list)
These properties contrast with those of the minor parts of speech.
Major parts of speech in English: