A theory of conversion in English
The book provides a comprehensive theory of conversion in English based on the onomasiological method of word-formation research, and on a theory of linguistic signs. The manuscript presents extensive arguments for rejecting the zero-morpheme theory. Its
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Conversion and zero morpheme
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ACTION adjectives affix allomorphs analysis approach basic Bound stem chapter coined common conclusion contrast conversion pairs converted naming units converted words criterion denominal verbs derivation disyllabic words English language etymologically excluded examples expressed extra-linguistic fact follows formal Full-Reduced function grammatical morpheme Hence inflectional morpheme instance Instrument of Action Katamba language users lexeme lexical lexical morphology linguistic sign logical and semantic logical predicates logical spectrum Marchand milk motivated naming units motivating words nature nouns Number of conversion number of possible object onomasiological pair members person sg phonological changes phonological differences plural polysemantic polysemy prefix principles proper names Reduced-Full refer result rules semantic relations semantic structure semes sense sound change specific ŠTEKAUER stress change STRESS CHANGE][+SOUND CHANGE SU-US SUBST SUBSTANCE suffix SUU-SUU syntactic syntagmatic syntagmatic structure synthetic languages system level telerecord Tetrasyllabic words trisyllabic US-SU USUU word pairs word-class word-formation process zero morpheme