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Derivation of nouns

Like verbs and adjectives, nouns form an open syntactic class that can be extended by means of various word formation processes, some of which are fully productive, while others are only partially productive or nonproductive. This section briefly lists the most important derivational processes in the formation of nouns; compounding will be discussed briefly in Section 1.4.

The discussion of the derivation of nouns is organized according to the category of the input word. We will discuss derivation on basis of a verb, an adjective and a noun. The discussion focusses on those derived nouns that inherit the denotation and the argument structure (the thematic roles) of their stem, in order to clear the ground for the later discussion of complementation of nouns in Chapter 2. For more detailed overviews of noun formation cf. Kempen

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