There have been plenty of publications (mostly by David Gil) discussing how Riau Indonesian is a unique language that lacks word categories.

To me, this sounds huge: a truly unique language, no word classes, limits of languages broadened. I'm no linguist, but I think if I were, I would certainly want to learn more about it.

Yet it's been suspiciously quiet on this matter recently. No new publications, no further reasearch - other than D. Gil, no-one even seems to care about it.

My question is: is Riau Indonesian even genuine as a monocategorial language? Or was it (perhaps) a mistake made by Gil? And if it is genuine, why does it get so little attention?

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    Languages like this are sometimes called flexible languages. Some other famous examples are Tongan and Samoan. It's still pretty controversial although the notion of precategoriality (where lexemes have no innate PoS and this is only assigned when put into an utterance) seems to be fairly established, eg in Austronesian studies. – Gaston Ümlaut Aug 8 '20 at 3:04

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