Any English terms for ‘to change the part of speech (of a word) without applying modification’?

Is there any appropriate English terminology for changing the part of speech (of a word) without applying any modification? This is a concept including verbing (where the verb verb means “to use a word that is not conventionally used as a verb, typically a noun, as a verb”). Korean has a term Yeongbyeonhwa (零變化, “zero-derivation”) … Read more

What is this verb noun association called in linguistics?

Not all verbs work with all nouns. It is better to say “fix errors” than “solve errors”, for example. In linguistics, is there a name for semantic compatibilities between nouns and verbs that go before them like this? Answer I think you are looking for collocation: [ U ] the regular use of some words … Read more

Open-ended concepts in Chinese usually be alluded by listing specific examples. Would native English speakers find it hard to grasp the connotation?

In Chinese and Vietnamese sometimes a word is made up by listing its examples. For example, “table-chair” means furniture, “month-year” means time, “land-water” means country, “spring-summer-fall-winter” means the cycle of time, “birth-old-sickness-death” means the cycle of life. Of course words for “furniture” or “time” exist, but by using “table-chair” or “month-year”, the alluded concepts are … Read more

Why is it “to have sex” instead of “to sex?”

In English, there is no generally acceptable verb for someone to say the equivalent of “to sex.” All our equivalents are either too vulgar (“to fuck”, “to bang”, “to smash”) or too formal (“to copulate”, “to reproduce”) for use in everyday speech. The most general term, “to have sex,” separates the subject from the act … Read more

How many morphemes in ‘during’?

Is ‘during’ one morpheme or is it something like DURATION+ continuity? Answer I found an article here that seems to be particularly relevant: A variety of historical developments in meaning can obscure our perceptions of morphemic status. Often the only way to recognise the presence of some morphemes is through the study of the history … Read more

Why is “DMV” different from a language point of view in Linguistics?

What is the speaker referring to when, talking about two phrasal verbs, they say They may be equivalent as far as the DMV is concerned, but they’re not equivalent from the point of view of language. I looked up DMV and I think it is an initialisation of the Dependency Model with Valence, I found … Read more

How would you analyse the following sentence on the level of syntax?

For our linguistics course we are supposed to analyse the following sentence by breaking it down into its constituent parts. We need to analyse it in terms of Function (FU) and Form (Fo), that is, clause constituents, phrase constituents and word classes. So how would you analyse the follwing sentence? His attitude made him very … Read more

Antonym for ‘structure-dependent’

Not sure if this would be more suited to the linguistics site, but wondering what the antonym would be. Example sentence would be: We find that grammars are consistently structure-dependent and not [word-here]. ‘Linear’ or something might work but not sure what the technical term would be. Answer I think “syntactic” would be a single … Read more