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Mon Jul 21 2003

Books: Cognitive Science, English: Heyvaert

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Message 1: A Cognitive-Functional Approach to Nominalization in English

Date: Mon, 21 Jul 2003 08:01:24 +0000
From: julia.ulrich <>
Subject: A Cognitive-Functional Approach to Nominalization in English

Title: A Cognitive-Functional Approach to Nominalization in English
Series Title: Cognitive Linguistics Research
Publication Year: 2003
Publisher: Mouton de Gruyter		 
Author: Liesbeth Heyvaert, University of Leuven, Belgium				

Hardback: ISBN: 3110178095, Pages: xxiv, 290, Price: EURO 98.00
/approx. US$ 108.00

The book presents a systematic theoretical account of the fundamental
constructional mechanisms that underlie deverbal nominalization in
general, and it makes an original descriptive contribution by
discussing a number of nominalization systems in detail. The main
theoretical motif is that nom-inalization strongly calls for a
functional rather than purely structural approach. The book goes more
deeply into a number of functional constructs needed to model
nominalization (drawn from Cognitive Grammar and Systemic-Functional
Grammar) and it elaborates on the internal functional organization of
nominal and clausal structure (e.g., the notions of type
specification, instantiation and grounding [Langacker 1991] are
discussed in detail and shown to be crucial for the analysis of
deverbal nominalization). It is argued that deverbal nominalizations
are basically re-classifications of verbal predicates into nominal
constructions. This re-classification either applies at word rank or
it involves the rank shift (Halliday 1966) of a clause-like unit, with
its internal structure preserved (e.g., signing the contract
quickly). The re-classified unit then adopts a specific nominal
strategy, with some form of nominal determination and quantification
(e.g,. her signing the contract quickly). 

The descriptive part of the book zooms in on nominalizations that are
derived at word rank (deverbal -er nominals) and on nominalizations
applying to 'temporal clausal heads' (e.g,. John's playing the piano)
and finite clauses. Of the gerundive and finite types of
nominalization, those that function in factive contexts are focused
on. In the analysis of deverbal -er nominals a case is made for a
'subject' analysis of the system and an elaborate discussion of the
clausal middle construction (e.g., this book reads easily) - which is
argued to show systematic resemblances with non-agentive -er nominals
- is included. Of the remaining nominalization types (John's playing
the piano; playing the piano; the fact that he plays the piano; that
he pla ys the piano), especially the nominal behaviour (e.g., proper
name vs. common noun strategy) and - in the case of gerundive nominals
- the various structural and semantic subtypes that can be
distinguished among them are discussed.

>From the Contents:

Part I Towards a theoretical-descriptive approach to nominalization

1. Introduction
2. Theoretical assumptions
3. Nominalization
4. The functional organization of nominal and clause

Part II Deverbal -er suffixation: Towards a descriptive position

5. Deverbal -er suffixation: Towards a descriptive position
6. The middle construction
7. Amultifunctional approach to -er nominalization

Part III Factive nominalization

8. Factive nominalization: Towards a descriptive position
9. A functional analysis of factive nominalizations as nominal
10. Conclusion

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Subject Language(s): English (Language code: ENG)

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