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Are French -ité Suffixed Nouns Property Nouns?
Aurore Koehl
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The aim of this paper is to analyse French deadjectival -ité noun construction (AitéN) from a lexematic point of view. -ité nouns are the most frequent deadjectival nouns stored in French dictionaries. Most of the time, these nouns are analysed as denoting properties. The present analysis shows that it is not always the case. The paper presents a study conducted on 499 AitéN coined on denominal adjectives. It makes use of both syntactic and semantic adjectival properties to argue that not all AitéN are property nouns. Indeed, almost half of these nouns can be qualified as "relation nouns".

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Selected Proceedings of the 6th Décembrettes: Morphology in Bordeaux
edited by Fabio Montermini, Gilles Boyé, and Jesse Tseng
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