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dc.contributor.author Acquaviva, Paolo
dc.date.accessioned 2012-10-16T16:02:02Z
dc.date.available 2012-10-16T16:02:02Z
dc.date.copyright 2009 Società Editrice il Mulino en
dc.date.issued 2009-01
dc.identifier.citation Lingue e linguaggio en
dc.identifier.issn 1720-9331
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10197/3877
dc.description.abstract This paper investigates what is specifically nominal in lexical semantics and how it relates to nouns as morphosyntactic objects. Nouns are argued to refer primarily to kind-level sorts, which define categories of entities in the speakers' conceptualization. This notion is characterized in semantic, ontological, and cognitive terms. Not all nominalized properties are concepts; in particular, not transparent deverbal nominalizations. Concepts thus provide a substantive notion of nominality not coextensive with the morphosyntactic one. Evidence is presented for the explanatory value of nominal concepts, as the semantic contribution of noun stems in word formation and in non-standard modification patterns like "plastic flower". Concepts also express semantic restrictions on affixation ("ornamental", but "employmental"). Finally, concepts are the value of nouns as whole complexes, not of their roots. This accords with the view that lexical categories have content, but roots are category-free. en
dc.description.sponsorship Other funder en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Il Mulino en
dc.relation.requires Humanities Institute of Ireland Research Collection en
dc.relation.requires Irish, Celtic Studies, Irish Folklore & Linguistics Research Collection en
dc.subject Lexical categories en
dc.subject Lexical semantics en
dc.subject Morphology en
dc.subject Nouns en
dc.subject Roots en
dc.subject.lcsh Semantics en
dc.subject.lcsh Lexical grammar en
dc.subject.lcsh Grammar, Comparative and general--Morphology en
dc.subject.lcsh Grammar, Comparative and general--Noun en
dc.subject.lcsh English language--Roots en
dc.title Roots, categories, and nominal concepts en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.internal.availability Full text available en
dc.status Peer reviewed en
dc.identifier.volume VIII en
dc.identifier.issue 1 en
dc.identifier.startpage 25 en
dc.identifier.endpage 51 en
dc.identifier.doi 10.1418/29337
dc.neeo.contributor Acquaviva|Paolo|aut|
dc.description.othersponsorship Alexander von Humboldt Foundation en
dc.description.admin DG 16/10/2012 en


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