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word class Syllabification: word class

Definition of word class in English:

noun

A category of words of similar form or function; a part of speech.
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  • On the lexical level, paradigmatic contrasts indicate which words are likely to belong to the same word class (part of speech): cat, dog, parrot in the diagram are all nouns, sat, slept, perched are all verbs.
  • Ultimately, however, a word class emerges as a function of its role within a constructional schema.
  • The present study additionally demonstrates the importance of the first letter of a noun for identifying its word class at an early stage of sentence processing in German.

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