Accession Number : AD0686571

Title :   NOTES ON THE 'CONVERSION' OF NOUNS INTO VERBS IN ENGLISH,

Corporate Author : SYSTEM DEVELOPMENT CORP SANTA MONICA CALIF

Personal Author(s) : Revard,Carter C.

Report Date : 15 JAN 1968

Pagination or Media Count : 49

Abstract : The 'conversion' of nouns into verbs in English is viewed as a transformational operation or set of operations, mapping a specific sense of a basal noun into a specific sense of the derivative verb. Thus, each sense of a derivative verb has a different derivational history from each other sense of that verb. Examples analyzed are zero-affixal derivatives, e.g., to can, to wax, but in all cases affixally marked conversions show parallels to the zero-affixal ones. Analysis of a multiple-sense entry from Webster's Seventh Collegiate Dictionary, for spot v.t., shows that while some of its senses, e.g., 'to detect or notice,' are only diachronically related to senses of its basal noun, all the derivative senses are derivable from the basal senses in some way. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*ENGLISH LANGUAGE, VOCABULARY), (*VOCABULARY, TRANSFORMATIONS), SEMANTICS

Subject Categories : Linguistics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE