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Laurie Bauer, Rochelle Lieber, and Ingo Plag

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780198747062

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198747062.001.0001

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Derived nouns: event, state, result

Derived nouns: event, state, result

(p.195) Chapter 10 Derived nouns: event, state, result
The Oxford Reference Guide to English Morphology

Laurie Bauer

Rochelle Lieber

Ingo Plag

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses derived nouns denoting events, states, results, as well as related semantic categories such as products and means. Such nouns are formed with the suffixes -ing, -ation, -ment, -al, -ure, -ance and by conversion. The chapter begins with the formal properties of the processes in question, including the kinds of bases that undergo affixation or conversion, their syntactic category, their status as native or non-native, free or bound, as well as phonological or prosodic restrictions on bases. The chapter then moves on to the range of semantic interpretations available for the different kinds of formation. This includes a discussion of argument referencing and the predictability of meaning.

Keywords:   derived noun, event, state, result, product, means, conversion, affixation, argument referencing, stress-shift

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