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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
1650-1660
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.