Vinnie Kinsella, of Indigo Editing and Publications, met with me a couple of days ago to review the book-production schedule. He plans to begin page design at the end of this month, and he’s designing the cover now. Those of … Continue reading
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A Modern Take (Is Take a Noun?) on Parts of Speech
What is a part of speech? You might not believe how much disagreement and nuanced analysis surrounds that question.
This essay ventures into some philosophical questions—What does it mean to classify a word, and how and why have those classifications changed?—before emerging with a bit of writerly advice. I find this excursion invigorating, like a deep‑sea search for treasure. Come along, and we’ll share the spoils.
According to one modern school of linguistic thought, only four word types—nouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs—now qualify as parts of speech. Four. The nerve! … Continue reading