Monday, October 10, 2011

Random Linguistics Definitions Beginning with the Letter "D"

D = Dalet
Dalet = Egyptian Hieroglyph
Hieroglyph = Door

deverbal A term used in grammar to describe an element which originates as a verb but is used in some other way in sentence structure. For example, in the singing policeman, singing could be described as a deverbal adjective; in I made a go of it, go is a deverbal noun.

ditransitive A term used by some linguists to describe a verb which can take two objects, e.g. give (I gave him a book). It is usually distinguished from 'monotransitive' verbs, such as kick.

Definitions from: A Dictionary of Linguistics and Phonetics, Sixth edition, 2008
Image credits: Panel of Thoughts

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