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A Cognitive-Functional Approach to Nominalization in English by Liesbet Heyvaert

By Liesbet Heyvaert

The most target of the e-book is to give a scientific account of the constructional mechanisms that underlie deverbal nominalization. Such an account strongly demands a useful instead of only structural strategy simply because nominalizations are essentially useful re-classifications of verbal predicates into nominal buildings. The argument is fortyfied by means of a close dialogue of a couple of nominalization structures (i.e. deverbal -er nominalizations, gerundive nominals and that-nominalizations). This booklet is of curiosity to all researchers in cognitive and practical linguistics.

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The latter then combines with the rest of the clause into a message (Halliday 1994: 37). In the metafunctional hypothesis lies the intrinsic character of Halliday's systemic-functional approach to language: the metafunctions link up the two general purposes of language in life (the ideational and the 'active' or interpersonal; Halliday 1994: xiii) with particular options that can be chosen by the language user. e. other 'representational' functions such as Process and Goal 32 Theoretical assumptions (Halliday 1994: 35).

In Croft (2000: 16), syntactic categories, including classes, are argued to be "construction-specific" or derivative only "from the constructions that define them". Apart from classification on the basis of external functioning, one also finds - be it much less frequently - notional criteria to describe a number of basic classes such as the noun and the verb, and certain of their subclasses, such as count and uncount or mass nouns. Probably the most elaborate notional characterization of nouns and verbs is the conceptual or 'intrinsic' characterization given in Langacker (1987a, 1987b, 1991).

Those three black cats). Many nomináis, however, fail to display this type of assembly, in which case "the semantic functions in question are not uniquely associated with distinct levels of constituency" (Langacker 1991: 54). Apart from pronominal nomináis 26 Theoretical assumptions (such as she, which was discussed earlier), proper names probably represent one of the most extreme cases of departure from the iconic type of coding: in proper names, Langacker (1991: 59) proposes, "type, instantiation, quantity, and grounding are conflated in a single expression".

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