Excerpt from Transactions of the American Philological Association, 1874
But these classifications are too general to satisfy the demands of most grammarians; and they easily admit of further division and subdivision. Hence the number of parts of speech was gradually increase... d by the Greek philosophers, particularly the Stoics, who were especially given to gram matical studies, till nine became with them, as it has usually been with modern grammarians, the accepted number.
Some Roman grammarians in the time of Quintilian, as we Iearn from that judicious scholar, went on still further dividing and subdividing till they made ten, eleven, or twelve parts of speech in the Latin language, without the article which is wanting in that tongue. Quintilian himself disapproved of these later and subtle distinctions, leaving undecided however the question whether all names should be classed together, or whether they should be distinguished into substantive and adjective nouns.
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