Parts Of Speech?

Posted by TheFallen on September 24, 2003

Despite still just about remembering my French and German grammar, have I gone mad when I claim that, in the English language, there are nine parts of speech? My mother unearthed a Victorian children's book that only delineated eight (in nursery rhyme form), but I'm claiming that the definite and indefinite articles form a part of speech in their own right.

P.S. I'll brook no nonsense about gerunds and gerundives here.