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Encyclopedia > Conversion (linguistics)

A process of word formation where a word is created from another word without any change in its form (for example no derivational affixes are involved). For example a golf green is a noun created from an adjective by conversion, similarly the now somewhat old-fashioned term red meaning a communist. In English probably most examples of conversion involve the creation of verbs from nouns and words of other classes - see some examples at verbification. Other terms for this process are zero derivation and functional shift. Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... A word is a unit of language that carries meaning and consists of one or more morphemes which are linked more or less tightly together. ... There are several meanings of derivation: A derivation in abstract algebra is a linear map that satisfies Leibniz law. ... Look up affix in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Golf (gowf in Scots) is a sport where individual players or teams hit a ball into a hole using various clubs, and is one of the few ball games that does not use a fixed standard playing area. ... See Green for the color. ... A noun, or noun substantive, is a part of speech (a word or phrase) which can co-occur with (in)definite articles and attributive adjectives, and function as the head of a noun phrase. ... An adjective is a part of speech which modifies a noun, usually describing it or making its meaning more specific. ... Red is any of a number of similar colors at the lowest frequencies of light discernible by the human eye. ... Communism - Wikipedia /**/ @import /w/skins-1. ... A verb is a part of speech that usually denotes action (bring, read), occurrence (decompose, glitter), or a state of being (exist, stand). Depending on the language, a verb may vary in form according to many factors, possibly including its tense, aspect, mood and voice. ... Verbification, or Verbing is a process in linguistics whereby nouns, adjectives, and other words are transformed into verbs. ... In linguistics, zero derivation or, less frequently, null derivation is a derivation by means of the null morpheme or zero morpheme, i. ... Functional shift is a term used in linguistics to refer to the way an existing word can take on a new syntactic function. ...


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Derivation (linguistics) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (224 words)
In linguistics, derivation is the process of creating new lexemes from other lexemes, for example, by adding a derivational affix.
Derivational affixes usually apply to words of one syntactic category and change them into words of another syntactic category.
Some linguists consider that when a word's syntactic category is changed without any change of form, a null morpheme is being affixed.
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