Tee has a fairly rich morphological process for the derivation of nouns from verb stems, a process which is the most common way of deriving both human and non-human nouns without dedicated words in the Tee lexicon. Using a descriptive survey approach, this paper provides a preliminary descriptive account of deverbal nominalization in the language. The study is based on an elicited database including both actual and potential words, which speakers of Tee agree are in consonance with their language rules. The deverbal nominalizations examined here include agentives, infinitives, gerundives, action nouns, and qualificative nouns. The findings from the paper reveal that prefixation which sometimes triggers tonal changes in the verb root is a major morphological process of lexical nominalization in Tee. Thus, for the majority of the nouns derived, a prefix is attached to a verb stem, a derivational source/host of most deverbal nominalized nouns. It is also observed that the meanings of the resulting deverbal nominalized nouns are generally related to those of their corresponding verbal stems.
Selected Proceedings of the 44th Annual Conference on African Linguistics
edited by Ruth Kramer, Elizabeth C. Zsiga, and One Tlale Boyer
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