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What is a grammatical category?



A grammatical category is a set of syntactic features that

  • express meanings from the same conceptual domain
  • occur in contrast to each other, and
  • are typically expressed in the same fashion.

The term ‘grammatical category’ has been used to cover a wide variety of things, including what traditional grammars call "parts of speech."

Examples (English)

Crystal 1985 43–44


Hopper, P. 1992 81


Bybee 1985 191

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