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Cross-linguistic Investigations of Nominalization Patterns

by Ileana Paul(ed.)
Cross-linguistic Investigations of Nominalization Patterns by Ileana Paul
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Patterns of nominalization in Blackfoot are surveyed. It is demonstrated that two of these patterns behave like nouns while two others only partially behave like nouns. Degrees of nominality are analyzed within the assumption that there is a universal syntactic spine, a hierarchically organized set of categories, which are not intrinsically specified for nominality or verbality. They are category-neutral. Different nominalization patterns (and degrees of nominality) reduce to different ways of introducing the nominalizer: it may be introduced by a dedicated morphological marker (nominalization via m-marking), it may be introduced as a head (nominalization via complementation), or it may be introduced as part of the higher head (nominalization via selection). Category-neutral functional projections as well as functors are independently attested.
John Benjamins Publishing Company; February 2014
231 pages; ISBN 9789027270702
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Title: Cross-linguistic Investigations of Nominalization Patterns
Author: Ileana Paul