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Conjunctions and Other Parts of Speech

Alan Reed Libert

The classification of words in terms of parts of speech is frequently problematic. This book examines the classification of conjunctions and similar words of other classes. It reviews work done from the 19th century to the present on a wide range of languages, including English, German, French, Latin, Ancient Greek, Welsh, Persian, Chinese, Japanese, Ute, and Abun. Most chapters treat conjunctions as opposed to one of the other traditionally recognized parts of speech: nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, adpositions, and interjections. The book’s major focus is on the terminology used to describe words on or near the borders between conjunctions and other parts of speech, such as «deverbal conjunctions», «conjunctional adverbs», «prepositional conjunctions», and «so-called conjunctions».

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Chapter 8: Conjunctions and Interjections


I would not have thought that there was a fuzzy boundary between conjunctions and interjections, but consider the following passage from Segert (1997:80), on Ugaritic:

There are some particles which cannot properly be called conjunctions, but which have a similar function in that they determine the syntactic character of a following clause; they can also be classified as interjections.

The letter l- can indicate two different particles, a volitive /la-/ or /li-/ and a desiderative /lū/.

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