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The Oxford Reference Guide to English Morphology$
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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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Inflection versus derivation

Inflection versus derivation

(p.532) (p.533) Chapter 24 Inflection versus derivation
The Oxford Reference Guide to English Morphology

Laurie Bauer

Rochelle Lieber

Ingo Plag

Oxford University Press

This chapter reviews the notion of conversion and its correlates, concentrating on two points. First, it is concerned with which of the various types of systematic homonymy or polysemy that can be found in English are instances of conversion. This discussion includes canonical cases like noun-to-verb conversion and less canonical cases such as type coercion or adverb formation. This is approached by considering the extent to which they match the canonical pattern of English conversion. Second, the chapter also considers and evaluates the various theoretical approaches to conversion (zero-derivation, relisting, underspecification, etc.) which can be found in the literature.

Keywords:   conversion, zero derivation, relisting, underspecification, homonymy, polysemy, stress-shift, participle, type coercion, contextual

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