By Liesbet Heyvaert
The most target of the ebook is to give a scientific account of the constructional mechanisms that underlie deverbal nominalization. Such an account strongly demands a useful instead of simply structural technique simply because nominalizations are primarily practical re-classifications of verbal predicates into nominal structures. The argument is fortyfied via an in depth dialogue of a few nominalization platforms (i.e. deverbal -er nominalizations, gerundive nominals and that-nominalizations). This ebook is of curiosity to all researchers in cognitive and useful linguistics.
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A multifunctional analysis of the clause This teapot Theme Complement Goal my aunt Rheme Subject Recipient was given Finite Predicator Process: material by the duke Adjunct Actor It has repeatedly been pointed out by Halliday that this type of 'segmental' analysis of the clause does not "tell the whole story" (Halliday 1994: 36). For one thing, it captures the experiential metafunction more accurately than it does the interpersonal and the textual metafunctions. In his radically semiotic model of language, McGregor (1997) therefore argues that syntagmatic relationships other than that of constituency underlie the interpersonal and the textual metafunction.
Component' is preferred to the notion of 'constituent', which, as pointed out by McGregor (1997), is too much linked to one specific type of syntagmatic relationship, viz. e. "the syntagmatic relationship between a part and the whole to which it belongs", McGregor 1997: 21). The term 'constituent' moreover suggests that the components of a construction are building blocks out of which the composite structure is formed (Langacker 1987a, 1999). A 'building-block' view on composition, however, fails to account for those constructions in which "components are only partially discernible (or even indiscernible) within the composite whole" (Langacker 1999: 152).
Gerundive nomináis of the 'mixed' (Chomsky 1970: 215) or 'action' type (Lees 1960), such as John's refusing of the offer, however, make clear that the constructs of 'lexicon' and 'syntax' lack substance and cannot be strictly distinguished between. , *the being of a woman·, *his having of a car) and they have the internal structure of a nominal, two features which are alleged to classify them with lexically-based nomináis. The problematic use of the constructs of 'lexicon' and 'syntax' in the analysis of nominalizations thus illustrates that there is no reason to assume that the distinction between lexical and grammatical issues is a sharp one (as also argued in Langacker 1987a: 18, 26).
A Cognitive-Functional Approach to Nominalization in English by Liesbet Heyvaert