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Mundari: The myth of a language without word classes

Evans, Nicholas; Osada, Toshiki


Mundari, an Austroasiatic language of India (Munda family), has often been cited as an example of a language without word classes, where a single word can function as noun, verb, adjective, etc. according to the context. These claims, originating in a 1903 grammar by the missionary John Hoffmann, have recently been repeated uncritically by a number of typologists. In this article we review the evidence for word class fluidity, on the basis of a careful analysis of Hoffmann's corpus as well as...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2005
Type: Journal article
Source: Linguistic Typology
DOI: 10.1515/lity.2005.9.3.351
Access Rights: Open Access


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