Date: 14-Nov-2007 From: Philipp Waelle <publicitypeterlang.com> Subject: The Directionality of Conversion in English: Balteiro E-mail this message to a friend
Title: The Directionality of Conversion in English
Subtitle: A Dia-Synchronic Study
Series Title: Linguistic Insights. Studies in Language and Communication, Volume 59
Publisher: Peter Lang AG
Author: Isabel Balteiro
Paperback: ISBN: 9783039112418 Pages: 276 Price: U.S. $ 62.95
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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.
A problematic word-formation process - The directionality of conversion: a review of previous interpretations - A dia-synchronic study of the directionality of conversion.