List of glossing abbreviations

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Accusative case

The accusative case (abbreviated ) of a noun is the grammatical case used to mark the direct object of a transitive verb.

Ablative case

The ablative case (sometimes abbreviated ) is a grammatical case for nouns, pronouns and adjectives in the grammar of various languages; it is sometimes used to express motion away from something, among other uses.


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In linguistics, an adjective (abbreviated ) is a word whose main role is to modify/ describe a noun or noun phrase.

Absolutive case

The absolutive case (abbreviated ) is the grammatical case of a core argument of a verb (generally other than the nominative) that is used as the citation form of a noun.

Agreement (linguistics)

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Agreement or concord (abbreviated ) happens when a word changes form depending on the other words to which it relates.

Allative case

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Allative case (abbreviated ; from Latin allāt-, afferre "to bring to") is a type of locative case.


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Aorist (abbreviated ) verb forms usually express perfective aspect and refer to past events, similar to a preterite.

Antipassive voice

The antipassive voice (abbreviated or ) is a type of grammatical voice that either does not include the object or includes the object in an oblique case.

Anticausative verb

An anticausative verb (abbreviated ) is an intransitive verb that shows an event affecting its subject, while giving no semantic or syntactic indication of the cause of the event.

Article (grammar)

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An article (with the linguistic glossing abbreviation ) is a word that is used with a noun (as a standalone word or a prefix or suffix) to specify grammatical definiteness of the noun, and in some languages extending to volume or numerical scope.

Applicative voice

The applicative voice (abbreviated or ) is a grammatical voice that promotes an oblique argument of a verb to the core object argument.


ADVadverb(ial)adverbial structure
In grammar, an adverbial (abbreviated ) is a word (an adverb) or a group of words (an adverbial phrase or an adverbial clause) that modifies or more closely defines the sentence or the verb.

Allocutive agreement

In linguistics, allocutive agreement (abbreviated or ) refers to a morphological feature in which the gender of an addressee is marked overtly in an utterance using fully grammaticalized markers even if the addressee is not referred to in the utterance.


augmentative form
An augmentative (abbreviated ) is a morphological form of a word which expresses greater intensity, often in size but also in other attributes.

Auxiliary verb

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An auxiliary verb (abbreviated ) is a verb that adds functional or grammatical meaning to the clause in which it appears, such as to express tense, aspect, modality, voice, emphasis, etc. Auxiliary verbs usually accompany a main verb.

Adverbial case

The adverbial case (abbreviated ) is a noun case in Abkhaz and Georgian with a function similar to that of the translative and essive cases in Finnic languages.


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In linguistics, a causative (abbreviated ) is a valency-increasing operation that indicates that a subject either causes someone or something else to do or be something or causes a change in state of a non-volitional event.

Counterfactual conditional

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A counterfactual conditional (abbreviated ), is a conditional with a false if-clause.

Classifier (linguistics)

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A classifier (abbreviated ' or ') is a word or affix that accompanies nouns and can be considered to "classify" a noun depending on the type of its referent.

Benefactive case

The benefactive case (abbreviated, or sometimes when it is a core argument) is a grammatical case used where English would use "for", "for the benefit of", or "intended for", e.g. "She opened the door for Tom" or "This book is for Bob".


A circumfix (abbreviated ) (also confix or ambifix) is an affix which has two parts, one placed at the start of a word, and the other at the end.

Conjunction (grammar)

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In grammar, a conjunction (abbreviated or ) is a part of speech that connects words, phrases, or clauses that are called the conjuncts of the conjunctions.


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In linguistics (especially generative grammar), complementizer or complementiser (glossing abbreviation: ) is a lexical category (part of speech) that includes those words that can be used to turn a clause into the subject or object of a sentence.

Conditional mood

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The conditional mood (abbreviated ) is a grammatical mood used in conditional sentences to express a proposition whose validity is dependent on some condition, possibly counterfactual.

Copula (linguistics)

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In linguistics, a copula (plural: copulas or copulae; abbreviated ) is a word that links the subject of a sentence to a subject complement, such as the word is in the sentence "The sky is blue."