A Comparative Study of Adjectives in English, Russian, and Yoruba
There exist a lot of literature on the form and functions of adjectives in English, Russian, and Yoruba, but, to the best of our knowledge, none of them employed trilingual comparative/contrastive approaches to study adjectives in the three languages. This paper examines the structure, usage, and meanings of English, Russian, and Yoruba adjectives by comparing and contrasting them. It employs contrastive linguistics and transfer theory to highlight the similarities and differences in the forms, functions, and contextual usages of adjectives in the three languages. The data employed were elicited from relevant textbooks. Findings show the existence of a significant degree of differences in the nature and grammatical status of adjectives in the three languages. The paper concludes that a proper comprehension of the status, existence, and usage of adjectives in the teaching and learning of these languages can increase learners' overall communicative competence.