Submitted by gabe • August 30, 2006
In linguistics, is there a term that refers to words (like “format”) that can function as either verb or noun?
December 7, 2006, 11:56pm
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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October 30, 2006, 12:57am
They're also known as "zero derivations."
August 31, 2006, 7:30am
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" :]
August 31, 2006, 7:31am
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