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Bell-ringing the harmonic an octave above the strike tone of a bell
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A., there is now another vacancy open which entitles a member of the League to a salary of 4 pounds a week for purely nominal services.
Even before Miss Taylor had ceased to hold the nominal office of governess, the mildness of her temper had hardly allowed her to impose any restraint; and the shadow of authority being now long passed away, they had been living together as friend and friend very mutually attached, and Emma doing just what she liked; highly esteeming Miss Taylor's judgment, but directed chiefly by her own.
But instead of having any thing to do, instead of having any profession chosen for me, or being allowed to chuse any myself, I returned home to be completely idle; and for the first twelvemonth afterwards I had not even the nominal employment, which belonging to the university would have given me; for I was not entered at Oxford till I was nineteen.
Having further accustomed themselves to the breaking of furniture and the staining of walls -- to thumping, tumbling, hammering, and screaming; to doors always banging, and to footsteps perpetually running up and down stairs -- the nominal master and mistress of the house fondly believed that their chief troubles were over.
{De la garde nationale Americaine = of the American national guard-- Cooper is here satirizing the pretensions and gaudy uniforms of civilians holding nominal commissions as "Colonels" of American state militias}
Even your constant little heart need not take fright at such a nominal change.
Deriving nominals; a syntactic account of Malagasy nominalizations.
Ntelitheos (linguistics, United Arab Emirates U.) explores how Malagasy speakers, in Madagascar, turn words and even entire phrases into nominals that can then be manipulated and referred to as a single noun.
Nominals that are derived from multilexemic bases are considered to be structurally more complex than those formed out of monolexemic bases.
Derived nominals have never been restricted to monolexemic bases but could have multilexemic bases from early on, as can be seen from Germanic examples like wein-drugkja 'wine drinker' and arbi-numja 'heir, (inheritance taker+er)' (Hirt 1932).
Nominals are often used to find an object or its file as efficiently as possible.
This paper deals with one of the most productive word-formation patterns in German: -ung nominals denoting events, such as Entdeckung or Erblindung.