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Title: Non-referential uses of nominalization constructions : Asian perspectives
Authors: Yap, Foong Ha
Grunow-Hårsta, Karen
Subjects: Nominalization constructions
Asian languages
Issue Date: Dec-2010
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
Source: Language and Linguistics Compass, Dec. 2010, v. 4, no. 12, p. 1154–1175.
Abstract: This study reviews extended uses of nominalization constructions in a wide range of Asian languages. It combines typological and diachronic perspectives, and traces how nominalization constructions over time develop from referential to non-referential uses. The latter include modifying functions (e.g. relativization and adverbialization); in some cases, nominalization constructions further develop into finite clauses, and sometimes are reanalyzed as stand-alone constructions with mirative, evidential, epistemic, attitudinal, or other speaker mood/stance interpretations. These developments form part of a general tendency for versatile constructions to extend from proposition-based uses to grammatical and pragmatic uses (a laTraugott 1982, 1989, 1995, inter alia). This review, in particular, focuses on semantic extensions within and beyond the nominal domain, with the latter extensions involving reanalyses in functions whereby nominalization constructions drift from referent identification to event predication and the expression of speaker’s stance.
Rights: © 2010 The Authors. Language and Linguistics Compass © 2010 Blackwell Publishing Ltd
This is the pre-peer reviewed version of the following article: Yap, F. H. and Grunow-Hårsta, K. (2010), Non-Referential Uses of Nominalization Constructions: Asian Perspectives. Language and Linguistics Compass, 4: 1154–1175, which has been published in final form at
Type: Journal/Magazine Article
DOI: 10.1111/j.1749-818X.2010.00250.x
ISSN: 1749-818X (online)
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