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Title: Nominalizations: A Probe into the Architecture of Grammar Part II ...
Author(s): Artemis Alexiadou
Journal Title: Language and Linguistics Compass
Volume: 4
Issue: 7
Page Range: 512–523
Publication Date: Jul-2010
Abstract: In this paper I will present two approaches to the aspectual properties of nominalizations by comparing lexical and syntactic approaches to one another. In addition, I will highlight some open questions in this area.

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The central role of nominalizations in grammar   by Nikolaos Lavidas , 7-Jul-11
Artemis Alexiadou shows how generative grammar has been dealing with nominalizations for the last 40 years, and how lexical and syntactic approaches can explain the interaction between nominal affixes and aspect. The author presents arguments in favor of a syntactic approach to nominalizations and analyzes the significant similarities between nominal NumP and verbal AspP and between ClassP and inner aspect; Alexiadou argues that similar features have a similar distribution within internal projections across categories. A very important problem that the author attempts to solve is the problem of Case within derived nominals. Previous analyses have shown that nominalizations mean also absorption of the accusative case by the nominalization affix (van Hout & Roeper 1998). The question that arises here is whether we can assume a parallelism between passivizations (verbal derivations) where absorption of the accusative case takes place, and nominalizations (nominal derivations) where, because of the absorption of the accusative case, the internal argument should surface with genitive. And, of course, it is very important to find out the implications of that assumed parallelism for nominalizations and Case. Finally, according to Alexiadou’s analysis, there is no derivational relationship between derived nominals and sentences, in contrast to the generative semantics literature. On the other hand, the area of possible relationships between derived nominals and sentences/verbs can reveal some aspects of the historical development of nominalizations (see part I, note 2) and lead to the question of what diachrony can offer to a theoretical discussion: we refer here to the origin and development of nominalizers and verbalizers, to the historical derivational processes, to the available/unavailable derivational directions (verb > noun, noun > verb, ?verb > noun > verb).
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