Denominal (Noun Form)

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A denominal noun is a noun that is formed from another noun, usually by adding a suffix --such as villager (from village ), New Yorker (from New York ), booklet (from book ), limeade (from lime ), lectureship (from lecture ), and librarian (from library ).

Many denominal nouns are context sensitive (see Contextual Constructions , below).

Examples and Observations

Contextual Constructions

"Contextual constructions aren't merely ambiguous , having a small fixed set of conventional meanings. They have in principle an infinity of potential non-conventional interpretations, each built around a conventional meaning of the word or words it is derived from... Contextual constructions rely on an appeal to context--to the participants' common ground. They always require non-conventional coordination for their interpretation."

(Herbert H. Clark, Using Language . Cambridge University Press, 1996)

Deverbals and Denominals: Nouns Formed With the Suffix -ant

"Let us turn to the deverbal person noun forming affix -ant ( defendant ), which denotes a personal or material agent. . . . [P]ossible verbal bases involve those ending in -ify, -ize, -ate , and -en . A look at Lehnert (1971) and the OED shows that, almost without exception . . ., these verbs are subject to the domain of agentive noun forming -er/or . The rival suffix -ant has a somewhat peculiar distribution, since its attachment is partly lexically governed (i.e. unproductive) and partly rule-governed and productive. In the semantically distinguishable domains of medical/pharmaceutical/chemo-technical and legal/corporate jargon , -ant can be used productively to form words denoting substances and persons, respectively, as evidenced by the following examples disinfectant, repellant, consultant, accountant, defendant, to mention only a few."

(Ingo Plag, Morphological Productivity: Structural Constraints in English Derivation . Mouton de Gruyter, 1999)

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An assignment is a task that someone is given to do, usually as part of their job.

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