Instrumental verb formation

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This chapter deals with instrumental denominal verbs. After examining some general aspects of denominal verbalization processes, on both a morphological and semantic level, it focuses on instrumental formations. Some previous theories on the concept of instrument are briefly revised in order to test their validity for the analysis of a corpus of instrumental verbs. The paper goes on to conclude that it is essential to bear in mind the distinction between <i>instrument</i> and <i>instrumental construction</i>, as well as the process of conceptual conflation inserted in the lexeme itself in order to deal with these verbs. This article consequently offers a classification based on a semantic, conceptual model. Keywords: instrument; instrumental construction; instrumental denominal verbs; denominal verbalization; conflation


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