Talk:Pronoun

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 Definition A pro-form that substitutes for a noun (or noun phrase) with or without a determiner, such as you and they in English. [d] [e]
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This and other entries need to be very carefully written. There are multiple models within linguistics, and the traditional "parts of speech" notion still taught in elementary schools in the US is simply not used by linguists any more. We'd need to talk about functional linguistics, and may want to consider using "word classes" instead of parts of speech. English itself is also a very anomalous language in many respects, and we need to qualify any statements here that refer to issues specific to English, as opposed to structures common to larger language families, or language as a whole.

I hope linguists here on CZ will be conscious of these issues; I wouldn't want to see a bunch of new entries that don't take account of them. Russell Potter 08:29, 18 April 2007 (CDT)