- Nouns as a generic term for all declinable parts of speech , i.e. (based on German and, for example, Greek) noun , adjective , article , noun numerals and pronouns .
- Nouns as a generic term for noun and for adjective.
- Noun as synonymous with noun (so mostly in linguistics influenced by English and in some newer school grammars).
The first two meanings are based on the Latin grammatical tradition. With the term noun (Latin noun substantivum ) only a single part of speech of the noun words is meant (in contrast to the adjective, Latin noun adjectivum ).
Under the influence of English and French, which no longer recognize a distinction between nouns and nouns , the third meaning has established itself in many places today ( nouns as a synonym for noun) .
The meaning of the term noun differs from the logical term nominator .
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- Wilfried Kürschner: Grammatical Compendium . Francke (UTB), Tübingen / Basel 2003, ISBN 3-8252-1526-1 .
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