In linguistics, a key feature is any physical feature used to class a language or phonemes. These can be unary or binary in nature and serve as linguistic constraints in many forms of linguistic classification. They can serve as universal grammar constraints or specific linguistic structures for particular languages. One example of such a constraint is the fact that all languages have noun classes. This is referred to as a primary feature, because it is the most fundamental feature of language.
A secondary feature is a non-linguistic attribute that could serve to classify words or phrases. A primary characteristic is a property that is inherent in the nature of the thing being classified while a secondary characteristic is something that can be attributed to the entity. For instance, gender is a non-linguistic attribute that can be attributed to the noun classifier, which would then make sense of the information that the word classifier provides. A third feature is the agreement among languages to represent aspects of speech in terms of grammatical classifiers and nominalizers. These aspects are referred to as cultural conventions, since they are not tied to a particular linguistic process or structure.
These three aspects of linguistic structure, however, are not the only ones that classify languages. Conceptualization, meaning, and attitude are other linguistic attributes. A concept can be a thought, an idea, or even a basic function of a human being; it is then a linguistic attribute that can be used to explain a particular type of behavior. A meaning can be considered as a common meaning of a word or phrase, whether it is accepted by everybody in that language, or if it is unique to that culture. Lastly, an attitude can be described as one’s disposition toward a language or its use.
One of the most basic characteristics of languages is the distinction between pronouns and adjectives. In English, there are two general types of pronouns: subject and object. These two words have different qualities, and these properties can be used to describe particular types of behaviors. Compounding pronouns are those that are usually present in compound sentences, while adjunctive pronouns are the ones that are usually used with an object.
Another one of the characteristics of languages is the presence of adjectives. An adjective denotes something that has a special attraction to a person. It can be used to describe how a thing is, what it is made out of, or what its special features are. A characteristic of languages is that a single word can have both an adjective and a noun.
The next one is descriptive adjectives, which can be used to describe physical characteristics of a thing. For example, the word’man’ can be used as a descriptive adjective to describe physical attributes like manly hair, muscular built, or robust frame. This type of feature is referred to as a physical feature. On the other hand, a descriptive adjective can also be used to describe non-physical aspects of a thing. An example is ‘a pretty woman’. This can be defined as a non-physical characteristic of a woman.