chapter  III
1 Eventive and agentive noun phrases: their core
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It seems natural therefore to concentrate first of all on eventive noun phrases. The head noun of such noun phrases is derivationally related to the kindred simple verb, in the sense that is morphologically derived from it by suffixation or some other formal process. Thus the noun appearance of make an appearance is morphologically derived from the verb stem appear; similarly, the noun action of take action is derived from act. Since different deverbal nominalizing suffixes are used for this purpose, the question obviously arises whether the choice of suffix or other mode of derivation makes any difference to the meaning of the deverbal noun and thus presumably to the stretched verb construction as a whole. A full list of the deverbal nouns found in our sample, classified according to their mode of derivation, is given in Table 3.1.