Why Tongan does it differently: Categorial distinctions in a language without nouns and verbs

  title={Why Tongan does it differently: Categorial distinctions in a language without nouns and verbs},
  author={J{\"u}rgen Broschart},
The question whether all languages possess nouns and verbs has sometimes been called a matter of terminology rat her than ofsubstance, and t he distinction between "nominal" and "verbal categories has been regarded äs at best a matter of degree. However, a detailed discussion offieldwork data from Tongan (Polynesia) will illustrate that a language such äs Tongan exhibits a fundamental categorial distinction which is essentially different and logically independent from a major distinction… Expand

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