Nominalization in Asian Languages: Diachronic and typological perspectives

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Foong Ha Yap, Karen Grunow-Hårsta, Janick Wrona
John Benjamins Publishing, Jun 29, 2011 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 796 pages
Research on nominalization, a process that gives rise to referring expressions, has always played a central role in linguistic investigations. Over the years there has also been growing evidence that nominalization constructions often extend to non-referential domains. They participate in noun-modifying expressions (e.g. genitive and relative clauses), subordinate clauses and topic constructions, finite structures with the nominalizers reanalyzed as TAM markers, and stance constructions with evaluative, attitudinal, evidential and epistemic overtones. This volume brings together historical and crosslinguistic evidence from more than 20 different languages representing six different language families spanning the Asian continent and the Pacific and Indian oceans to elucidate the strategies and grammaticalization pathways that give rise to both referential and non-referential uses of nominalization constructions. This collection highlights the diversity of strategies and at the same time the robust cyclical nature of change within and across languages. The combined diachronic and typological analyses in this volume are particularly valuable for linguistic research on diachronic morphosyntax and linguistic ‘universals’, and are also an important supplementary cross-referencing tool for linguistic investigations of versatile and ubiquitous morphemes in under-documented languages.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Part I Sinitic languages
59
On the polyfunctionality and grammaticalization of the morpheme kai in the Chaozhou dialect
109
The Cantonese ge3
125
On gerundive nominalization in Mandarin and Cantonese
147
Part II TibetoBurman languages
191
Aspects of the historical development of nominalizers in the Tamangic languages
195
Innovation in nominalization in Magar
215
Nominalization in Okinawan
445
Versatility of nominalizations
473
Part V Austronesian languages
497
Clausal nominalization in Budai Rukai
523
Nominalization in Saisiyat
561
Rise and fall of referentiality
589
Referential and nonreferential uses of nominalization constructions in Malay
627
Expressing exclamatives in Malagasy
659

Nominalization and nominalizationbased constructions in Galo
255
Nominalization in Numhpuk Singpho
289
Nominalization in Nuosu Yi
313
Finite structures from clausal nominalization in TibetoBurman
343
Part III Iranian languages
361
Part IV Korean and Japanese languages
391
A case of nonderived standalone nominalization
423
Nominalizations in Toqabaqita and closely related languages
685
Exclamatives and temporal nominalizations in Austronesian
721
Part VI Papuan languages
755
Index
789
Language index
795
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