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Languages where the part of speech of a root is "fixed"?

This is pretty common in natural languages. Think about English words -- most of them have an inherent part of speech and require derivational affixes to change that. "Anger" is inherently a noun and ...
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What are mandatory words groups a language have to have?

It seems to be generally agreed that all languages have "nouns" and "verbs"—or if you prefer, some way to refer to entities and some way to refer to predicates. Everything else is ...
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How do you remove the confusion in a conlang when creating and distinguishing nouns, verbs, adjectives, and particles?

Fundamentally, parts of speech are lexically determined. What this means is that in general, there is no way to find the part of speech of a word knowing only the word itself. You have to memorise it ...
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What are mandatory words groups a language have to have?

Word You can get away with having only one category, and this has been done before. I won't claim to have read very deeply into how it works, but Tom Breton came up with an invented language in the ...
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Are Esperanto's part of speech endings actually beneficial?

For those unfamiliar with Esperanto POS suffixes, -o noun -i verb (infinitive) -a adjective -e adverb For example: sano - health sani - to be healthy sana - healthy sane - healthily ...
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Are Esperanto's part of speech endings actually beneficial?

POS markers are markers, same as syntactic position, both derived morphology and otherwise. In a noisy environment it may be helpful to mark things more than once, so if someone couldn't figure out ...
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Languages where the part of speech of a root is "fixed"?

Esperanto roots principally can basically form nouns/adjectives/adverbs and adverbs (and are not words themselves): Endings: -o noun -a adjective -e adverb -i verb, infinitive Roots and derived ...
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