A Cognitive-Functional Approach to Nominalization in English - download pdf or read online

By Liesbet Heyvaert

ISBN-10: 3110178095

ISBN-13: 9783110178098

The most target of the publication is to give a scientific account of the constructional mechanisms that underlie deverbal nominalization. Such an account strongly demands a sensible instead of only structural procedure simply because nominalizations are essentially useful re-classifications of verbal predicates into nominal structures. The argument is fortyfied through an in depth dialogue of a couple of nominalization structures (i.e. deverbal -er nominalizations, gerundive nominals and that-nominalizations). This ebook is of curiosity to all researchers in cognitive and useful linguistics.

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All nomináis are fully compatible with its specifications, but characterize them in finer detail or "elaborate the schema in different ways along various parameters, to yield more precisely articulated notions" (Langacker 1987a: 68). By combining a schema with various instantiating structures, classes form complex categories, or categories residing "in a family of structures connected by categorizing relationships" (Langacker 1988: 149). Among the categorizing relationships in a complex category, however, Langacker distinguishes not only categorization by schema, but also categorization by prototype or extension.

B. *John made the ball hit. c. *The ball hit. d. *What the ball did was hit. e. *What John did to the ball was hit. The categories in the ideational network in Figure 3, in short, represent non-enate constructions, identified on the basis of the distinct agnation paradigms 'behind' them. Importantly, these agnation paradigms also serve "as a heuristic to interpret the semantic difference" between John hit the ball and John marched the prisoners (Davidse 1998a: 293): the agnates of John hit the ball show that the ball is the 'undergoer' or Goal of the process, whereas those of John marched the prisoners reveal that the prisoners is Actor.

He felt it. « It was felt by him. (6) assumptions He galloped the horse. Ill He marched the soldiers. <=> He walked the dog. <=> Ό The horse galloped. Ill The soldiers marched. Ill The dog walked. It is only because the clauses He heard it and He felt it, which are enates of He saw it display a relation of agnation with It was heard by him and It was felt by him, which are enates of It was seen by him, that the relationship between He saw it and It was seen by him in (5) can be analyzed as being one of agnation.

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