Major category

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In generative grammar, the term major category used to be used for the syntactic categories noun, verb and adjective (Chomsky 1965, 1973). Currently, the term lexical category is more commonly used.


  • Chomsky, Noam A. 1965. Aspects of the theory of syntax. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
  • Chomsky, Noam A. 1973. Conditions on transformations. In: S.R. Anderson & Paul Kiparsky (eds.) A festschrift for Morris Halle. New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston.


Utrecht Lexicon of Linguistics