LINGUIST List 24.1876

Tue Apr 30 2013

Qs: 'Be' as Source of (Action) Nominalization

Editor for this issue: Brent Miller <>

Date: 30-Apr-2013
From: Andrea Sansò <>
Subject: 'Be' as Source of (Action) Nominalization
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Dear LINGUIST List members,

In Paumari the nominalized form of the verb (verbal noun) is marked by the suffix –hi, which is said to be clearly related with the verb meaning 'be' (Chapman & Derbyshire 1991: 180-181, 240). I wonder whether there are any other languages in which the verb 'be' is (reconstructed to be) the source of nominalizing morphology.

Could anyone help by providing data from languages you're familiar with and/or pointing to existing literature?

I will post a summary if the results prove to be interesting.

Thanks for any information,

Andrea Sansò

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics                             Morphology                             Typology

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