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Saturday, November 21, 2015

Definitions for nominalize

  1. to convert (another part of speech) into a noun, as in changing the adjective lowly into the lowly or the verb legalize into legalization.
  2. to convert (an underlying clause) into a noun phrase, as in changing he drinks to his drinking in I am worried about his drinking.

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Citations for nominalize
There are two types of nominalization. Type A involves a morphological change, namely suffixation: the verb “to investigate” produces the noun “investigation,” and “to nominalize” yields “nominalization.” Henry Hitchings, "Those Irritating Verbs-as-Nouns," New York Times, March 30, 2013
There is another danger--and it is one which I have discussed in relation to other tendencies to nominalize verbs in the social sciences. The analysts create things out of what people do; and then … they depict these things as actors, doing what people do. Michael Billig, Learn to Write Badly, 2013
Origin of nominalize
Nominalize is formed from the adjective nominal meaning "of, relating to, or producing a noun or nouns" and the verb-forming suffix -ize. It entered English in the mid-1600s.