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CONLANG  September 2015, Week 1

CONLANG September 2015, Week 1

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Re: The "Resultative" Form

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J S Jones <[log in to unmask]>

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Thu, 3 Sep 2015 14:54:01 -0400

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As far as a result of the action is concerned, _Describing Morphosyntax_ mentions a product nominalization. However, I don't think any of your examples fit the description. There are other nominalizations.

Jeff

On Wed, 2 Sep 2015 19:48:20 -0700, William Wright <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

>Newbie here. I am curious as to whether anyone is familiar with a
>nominalized verb form (which I have called the "resultative", since I don't
>know what it is actually called, if anything at all) that fits the
>following description:
>
>-generally formed in English simply by dropping "to" form the infinitive
>and employing it as a noun.
>-may be formed by dropping "to" and adding -ence/-ance (particularly if the
>verb ends in -st) and then employing it as a noun.
>-nominalizes the "thing" that must exist by virtue of the verb being
>performed, and that cannot exist without the verb being performed.
>
>Examples:
>-"to hope"-->"hope" ("there is *hope*")
>-"to walk"-->"walk" ("I took a *walk*")
>-"to exist"-->"existence" ("love is the principle of *existence*")
>-"to resist"-->"resistance ("there has been a lot of *resistance*")
>-"to call"-->"call" ("give me a *call*")
>
>Some other observations:
>-might not exist for all verbs (at least in English); see "to be", "to
>have", "to leave", etc.
>-some uses of what may be the "resultative" appear often in lower register
>speech, i.e. "have a *go*", "give it a *think*", "that's quite a *find*",
>"that's quite a *steal*", "it was a smart *buy*".
>
>Any ideas? Again, I have no idea if this exists at any level or in any way,
>whether as a single entity or as multiple ones that I've grouped together
>accidentally.
>
>P.S. If I've made an error anywhere, please feel free correct me.
>--
>Sincerely,
>         William S. Wright

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