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The Semantics of Word Formation and Lexicalization$
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Pius ten Hacken and Claire Thomas

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780748689606

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748689606.001.0001

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Deverbal nominalizations in English

Deverbal nominalizations in English

an LMBM approach

(p.180) Chapter 10 Deverbal nominalizations in English
The Semantics of Word Formation and Lexicalization

Maria Bloch-Trojnar

Edinburgh University Press

The paper is an attempt at presenting an integrated account of systematic and idiosyncratic properties of deverbal nominalizations in English with the aid of Lexeme-Morpheme-Base Morphology (Beard 1995). LMBM is a lexeme-based, inferential-realizational theory of morphology which is built into a modular non-isomorphic architecture of grammar. The analysis addresses the grammatical, semantic, and formal aspects of deverbal noun formation in English. All derivational types are included, i.e. nominalizations marked with -ing, the so-called Latinate suffixes ((at)ion, ment, ance/ ence, age, al, etc.), as well as nominals formed by means of conversion. It is argued that deverbal nominalizations result from two distinct lexical rules deriving process (uncountable) and event (countable) nominalizations, productively marked by -ing and conversion respectively. The action/result dichotomy has to be explained by a different class of rules – performative speech act rules – not controlled by the functional subcomponent of the lexicon. It is demonstrated how the representation of regular nominalizations differs from that of lexicalized ones and how the morphological component, interwoven with other components, maps grammatical information to semantics and phonology.

Keywords:   deverbal nominalization, transposition, result nominal, LMBM, Separation Hypothesis

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