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Lexical Hermaphrodites

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

  • August 30, 2006
  • Posted by gabe
  • Filed in Grammar

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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" :]

marta August 31, 2006, 3:30am

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marta August 31, 2006, 3:31am

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They're also known as "zero derivations."

Ian October 29, 2006, 7:57pm

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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.

AO December 7, 2006, 6:56pm

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