- International journal of Okinawan studies (ISSN:21854882)
- vol.1, no.2, pp.41-51, 2010-12
This study discusses the word class assignment of property-concept words (PC words)in Irabu Ryukyuan, with a particular focus on whether an inflecting word form containing a PC root is regarded as an adjective. My conclusion is that the inflecting PC word is nothing but a verb, with the word-internal morpheme–kaR being analyzed as a class-changing derivational affix or verbalizer affix. That is, unlike the previous assumption that–kaR is a distinctive morpheme that characterizes adjectival conjugation, I demonstrate that this morpheme belongs to a stem, and this stem is a verbal stem.