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ON THE SYNTAX OF DEVERBAL NOMINALIZATIONS IN ENGLISH AND ROMANIAN

  • Autor: Diana STEFAN-DINESCU
  • An aparitie: 2023
  • Numar de pagini: 250
  • Format: B5
  • ISBN: 978-606-16-1396-0

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The book offers a syntactic and semantic perspective on the nominalization system in both English and Romanian. The three main types of deverbal nominalizations analysed here are complex event nominalizations (CENs), simple event nominals (SENs) and result nominals (RNs), according to the well-known distinction made by Grimshaw (1990).
The hypothesis furthered in the present book is that in both languages deverbal nominalizations form a squish (see Ross
1972), i.e. an implicational hierarchy which is built on two dimensions, a syntactic dimension, i.e., the presence or absence of a complete VP, including some functional structure (AspP), and a semantic dimension, i.e., whether or not the nominalization expresses an event (see Wood 2020). Thus, all the properties of CENs, SENs and RNs described in the literature (Grimshaw 1990, Alexiadou 2001, Borer 2011, a.o.) are accounted for on the basis of these two dimensions and are illustrated on a vast corpus of authentic English and Romanian examples gathered from dictionaries and online corpora such as Corpusul computațional de referință pentru limba română contemporană (CoRoLa), the British National Corpus (BNC) and Corpus of Contemporary American English (COCA).

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