By Liesbet Heyvaert
The most target of the booklet is to offer a scientific account of the constructional mechanisms that underlie deverbal nominalization. Such an account strongly demands a useful instead of in simple terms structural method simply because nominalizations are essentially useful re-classifications of verbal predicates into nominal structures. The argument is fortyfied through a close dialogue of a couple of nominalization platforms (i.e. deverbal -er nominalizations, gerundive nominals and that-nominalizations). This ebook is of curiosity to all researchers in cognitive and sensible linguistics.
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A natural model of language is a model which respects the nature of language as a complex system. In Langacker (1987a), a natural analysis of language is, for instance, argued to accommodate not only discrete, but also non-discrete aspects of language structure; it is said to carry the simplifications and idealizations which are sometimes needed to begin with the analysis of language not too far, so as not to lose sight of the actual complexity of the subject matter; and, finally, a natural description is claimed to operate with substantive constructs, or constructs which are sufficiently clear to be elucidated "with a certain amount of precision and detail" and which are real in that they correspond to "some actual feature of linguistic organization" (Langacker 1987a: 22).
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A Cognitive-Functional Approach to Nominalization in English by Liesbet Heyvaert