Ling 131: Language & Style
Topic 2 (session A) - Being creative with words and phrases > Changing word class - functional conversion
|(Semi) Automatic poetry|
|Introducing word classes|
|More on word classes|
|Manipulating word classes|
|Changing word class - affixation|
|Changing word class - functional conversion|
|New words for old|
|Word class problems|
|Word class checklist|
Word class changes without affixation - functional conversion
'Functional conversion' is usually used to describe the situation where a change in word class is not as a result of affixation, and is only signalled by its overall grammatical context, as in:
I decided to toothbrush my way into the bathroom.
Here 'toothbrush' is used not as a noun but as a verb, and it suggests the image of someone trying to enter the bathroom while brushing his or her teeth, probably at the expense of someone else who is already in the bathroom or about to go into it.