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If I say:

Some words that I like are: "desk", "lovely", and "enticingly".

What parts of speech are the quoted words?

Used in a typical sentence they'd be: noun, adjective, and adverb respectively. But it doesn't seem right that this distinction should also be made in the sentence above.

(This wikipedia page is as far as I got in my research: Use–mention distinction

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They are all nouns. Regardless of the part of speech of the word being referred to, it is a word, and a word is a thing.

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