Chapter published in:Nominalization in Languages of the Americas
Edited by Roberto Zariquiey, Masayoshi Shibatani and David W. Fleck
[Typological Studies in Language 124] 2019
► pp. 169–194
Nominalization in cross-linguistic diachronic perspective
While more and more data are now available on languages rich in nominalizations, such as those of Latin America, the literature on nominalization is mainly synchronically orientented. The paper discusses several pieces of diachronic evidence about the origins of nominalization cross-linguistically. This evidence challenges the idea, widely held in the functional-typological literature, that the use of nominalizations reflects a non-default treatment of particular expressions, and that this motivates the distinguishing properties of nominalizations vis-a-vis other constructions. Diachronic evidence also points to possible motivations for the fact that nominalizations fail to consistently display the same structural properties, both cross-linguistically and within individual languages, and fail to be consistently used in the same contexts from one language to another.
Published online: 08 August 2019
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