The syntax and semantics of deverbal action nominals, notoriously
ambiguous between event and result interpretation, have been a thought-
provoking issue in many areas of theoretical linguistics. This volume
contributes to current work on this topic by showing how the analysis of these
nouns can benefit from a morphological and lexical-semantic treatment.
While being a revealing synthesis of a number of formal accounts on this
popular research domain, this study specifically targets the largely
unexplored area of result nouns and addresses several crucial issues. What
are result nouns in a strictly lexical-semantic perspective? Why do some verb
classes allow ambiguous event/result nominal correlates, while others do
not? What are the relevant verbal features involved in result noun formation?
Is there a range of predictability in the number and types of meaning
conveyed by a derived nominal?
Couched within a framework of decompositional lexical semantic, the
analysis offers original formal solutions to the polysemy issues arising in this
word formation domain and convincingly argues in favor of the semantic
alignment between the morphologically simplex and complex lexicon. A
compelling range of Italian data provides empirical support to the author's
Contents: Event/Result nominals: from a morpho-syntactic towards a lexical
semantic definition of the target issue - The building blocks of meaning in
Event/Result nominals - Affixal semantics and word formation in Lieber's
(2004) lexical-semantic framework - "R" nominals as a semantically
heterogeneous class - Sense extensions - Nominal Polysemy in Generative
Lexicon theory: complex types and inherent polysemy - Event/Result nouns
and Qualia Structure - A Result-oriented verb classification - Defining the
semantic constraints on Result noun formation - Modeling Event/Result noun
formation in a lexical semantic framework for word formation - The lexical
semantic skeletons of verbs and affixes - Patterns of coindexation.
Chiara Melloni is Assistant Professor of General Linguistics at the University
of Verona. Her research interests cover the fields of morphology and lexical
semantics, and her investigations focus on the formal and semantic
properties of the morphologically complex lexicon. In particular, her work
concentrates on word formation phenomena, such as nominalization and
compounding. Her scientific production has been published in several
international journals and miscellanies.