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The concept of open-class (e.g. English nouns) and closed-class (e.g. English prepositions) word categories seems to be taken as a given in a lot of papers and textbooks. I'm looking for a treatment of the classes, even if it's not the work that originated them. Does anyone have a reference?

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I ended up finding this volume, and the first, introductory chapter was what I was looking for.

  • Corver, N., & van Riemsdijk, H. (Eds.). (2013). "Semi-lexical categories : The function of content words and the content of function words."

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