The form and function of denominal verb constructions

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International Journal of American Linguistics, 74.4: 409-422
This paper is a general and brief introduction to the phenomena explored in this issue—denominal verbs and allied constructions. We outline their morphological, syntactic, and semantic properties and contrast them with other similar phenomena such as noun incorporation and noun stripping. As seen in the papers herein, these properties may differ substantially from language to language, but the various constructions are profitably compared under a common rubric. Thus, these papers give a glimpse of the linguistic variety that is found in languages of North America, while contributing to our typological knowledge of denominal verb constructions, which heretofore have received little attention.
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Denominal verbs
noun incorporation
noun stripping
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