Submitted by gabe on August 30, 2006

Lexical Hermaphrodites

In linguistics, is there a term that refers to words (like “format”) that can function as either verb or noun?

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Not sure if there is such a term for those words, but this process is called coversion, when a noun and a verb have the same morphological material ( = look the same), supposedly, a linguist would call them just " lexemes" :]

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CONVERSION* (sorry)

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They're also known as "zero derivations."

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Sorry I don't have much to add, but my curiosity is piqued: I know that English loves to do this but is this process common in other languages as well? Does anyone know of examples? Thanks.

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