verbal noun

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a noun that is derived from a verb

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To get a concrete illustration, four instances of the curve V(N) are reported in Figure 1, taken from our data: they refer to the Italian suffixes -mente, forming adverbs, and -mento, -(t)ura, and -nza, forming action nouns, sampled from three years of the Italian newspaper La Stampa.
The values for ri- locate the prefix not far from the highly productive suffixes for action nouns, while in- falls clearly below the main deadjectival formations, though doubling the productivity of a still productive suffix like -ezza.
However, their ending and their semantics clearly point to an interpretation in terms of action nouns.
Although these latter items cannot be used at all as action nouns (abitazione cannot mean 'the fact of inhabiting' and creatura cannot mean 'creation'), the meaning shift from action to place or result has a systematic character both within and across languages; furthermore, it is widely attested in derivatives which keep the action meaning, like redazione (both 'act of compiling' and 'editorial office') and trasmissione (both 'act of broadcasting' and 'TV program').
from ri-verbs: action nouns [[riparte]-nza] 'restart (N)'
from -izza-verbs: action nouns in -zione [[modernizza]-zione]
The passage from 'tax on a given activity' to 'the activity itself' to 'verbal action signifying such an activity' (and eventually to 'verbal action per se') is a logical semantic transition and one which probably resulted in a number of tax designations' coming to function concurrently as action nouns (especially in cases of deverbal derivation).
For example, the speed of the first chronological link in the one-root sequence of a verb combined with an action noun and a past participle as well as that of the first chronological link in the sequence of a verb combined with a past participle and an action noun is lower than the speed of the second chronological link in either case (cf.
For instance, as many as about one half of Middle English action nouns admitting no factitive lexicalization had no one-root verbs attested in Middle English.
For instance, almost forty per cent of all the attested one-root past participles and action nouns did not correlate with any other derivatives in Middle English.
The fact that these two categories of one-root deverbatives are "late" is quite predictable as passive modal adjectives were formed on the basis of a borrowed suffixal model and factitive nouns are by and large epidigmatic derivatives of action nouns.
In the substantival step of derivation under the condition that there are no constraints on chronological heterogeneity (only the same year attestations are taken for chronologically homogeneous ones) the curves for the diachronic precedence of both classes of action nouns are flatter than the curves when action nouns find themselves in the position of a younger counterpart of a binary sequence (cf.
Categories of deverbalization in the OED Middle English textual prototypes Deverbal category Explicitness of motivational relations Verb attested in ME Action nouns ([d.