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The processing of conversion in English : morphological complexity and underspecification

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This thesis investigates a subset of the lexical items which appear to be involved in the phenomenon of conversion in English. In its most canonical form, conversion involves pairs or sets of word forms which share both their phonological (and orthographic) form as well as some element of meaning, but which seem to belong to di↵erent word classes. In this study, the focus is on the relationships (or lack thereof) between monosyllabic verbal and nominal forms in conversion pairs.

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Oxford college:
Somerville College
Department:
Humanities Division - Linguistics & Phonetics - Comparative Philology and General Linguistics

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Supervisor
Publication date:
2015
Type of award:
DPhil
Level of award:
Doctoral
URN:
uuid:17ac8ebc-82b8-4aa8-b61d-5fe9f310a09c
Local pid:
ora:12499

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