closed-class word

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Noun1.closed-class word - a word that is uninflected and serves a grammatical function but has little identifiable meaning
word - a unit of language that native speakers can identify; "words are the blocks from which sentences are made"; "he hardly said ten words all morning"
determinative, determiner - one of a limited class of noun modifiers that determine the referents of noun phrases
preposition - a function word that combines with a noun or pronoun or noun phrase to form a prepositional phrase that can have an adverbial or adjectival relation to some other word
pronoun - a function word that is used in place of a noun or noun phrase
conjunctive, connective, continuative, conjunction - an uninflected function word that serves to conjoin words or phrases or clauses or sentences
particle - a function word that can be used in English to form phrasal verbs
grammatical meaning - the meaning of a word that depends on its role in a sentence; varies with inflectional form
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In the area of solid waste, the Department presently operates seven active Class III sanitary landfills and maintains eight inactive or closed Class III sanitary landfills in various phases of construction and closure.
This domain is more challenging than the NFL-scoring domain, where there is a closed class of team names and regularity in the phrases that refer to a game or a score.
In the NFL-scoring domain, there is a closed class of NFLTeam that includes the only valid fillers for NFLTeam arguments.
Since most of these annotations are used for closed class items completely listed in the tagger lexicon, this information can be added in a later processing step by lexicon-based tagging.
This system's lexicon consists of a manually tagged inventory of all closed class items (concords, pronouns, conjunctions, etc.
The third approach which has recently been approved by the Federal Court, is the limited group or closed class procedure whereby only those group members who have formally consented to be represented in the proceedings prior to commencement are included.
Of course, challenging assignments and models of work can be used without WebCT but formally posting the assignments in the closed class cyberspace and having models available for students at any time is a way of consistently reinforcing what we expect from students (Ritter 105).
Baker (2003: 303ff), while admitting that adpositions "are fewer in number and poorer in lexical semantic meaning than the average lexical category, as well as greater in number and richer in meaning than the average functional category," points out that adpositions constitute a closed class and do not take part in derivation and incorporation.
a much better understanding of access to open class words than of access to closed class words" (1999: 3).
112 As explained below, a law "names" persons only if it defines a closed class of persons with some fixed characteristic - a class the entire membership of which could be known (at least in theory) by the legislators at the moment when the law is enacted.