The Linguist's Shoebox
Integrated data management and analysis for the field linguist
Lexicographers should identify morphological subclasses within a part of speech category.
In many languages, a part of speech category by itself is not sufficient
to describe how a lexeme behaves in its morphosyntactic network.
For example, Spanish dictionaries classify verbs as
In addition to the \ps Part of speech data field,
the Multi-Dictionary Formatter (MDF) provides
the \pd Paradigm field for morphological subclasses.
In Shoebox, you should define range sets for the
\pd data fields.
Note: Indicating subclasses numerically (e.g., I, II, III) tends to frustrate everybody except the researcher who assigned those labels. Using the actual affixes that distinguish the subclasses in defined contexts broadens the audience of potential dictionary users. Here are the morphological subclasses for non-active and transitive verbs in Buru:
|\ps category||\pd subclasses|
|vn||em-, eb-, -t|
See section 18.104.22.168 in Making Dictionaries.