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Title: The Directionality of Conversion in English
Subtitle: A Dia-Synchronic Study
Written By: Isabel Balteiro
URL: http://www.peterlang.com/Index.cfm?vLang=E&vSiteID=4&vSiteName=BookDetail%2Ecfm&VID=11241
Series Title: Linguistic Insights. Studies in Language and Communication, Volume 59
Description:

This book describes three of the main problems that the word-formation
process known as conversion presents, namely those related to its
definition, its delimitation, and its directionality. The latter
constitutes, however, the main focus of the study, which is based on a
corpus of over seven hundred lexical units and, more specifically, on 231
actual noun-verb conversion pairs. Considering that directionality is
intrinsic to conversion, the main question is whether it is always possible
to establish the direction of conversion or whether it is possible to do so
only in some cases. Moreover, the study reveals what 'type' of
directionality is involved, that is, whether the process is unidirectional,
bidirectional or multi-directional. In order to answer these questions,
both diachronic (etymology and dates of first records) and synchronic
criteria (semantic dependence, restriction of usage, semantic range,
semantic pattern, phonetic shape, morphologic type, stress, and the
principle of relative markedness) are analysed and assessed.

Contents:

A problematic word-formation process - The directionality of conversion: a
review of previous interpretations - A dia-synchronic study of the
directionality of conversion.

Publication Year: 2007
Publisher: Peter Lang AG
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Morphology
Text/Corpus Linguistics
Subject Language(s): English
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-13: 9783039112418
Pages: 276
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