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Definition   Conversion or zero-derivation is the formation of a new word by shifting it from one word class to another without adding other words or wordformation elements. Examples: verkaufen » der Verkauf, das Haus » hausen, die Orange » orange. Conversion or zero-derivation also designates a word created by this wordformation process.

Synonym   conversion

Full equivalents   Konversion (German)
Nullableitung (German)
Null-Ableitung (German)
konvertiertes Wort (German)

Superordinate concepts   derivation
word formation

Related concepts   combined derivation
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