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On the edge: Nominalizations from evaluative adjectives in Spanish

On the edge: Nominalizations from evaluative adjectives in Spanish

Arche, Maria J. and Marin, Rafael (2015) On the edge: Nominalizations from evaluative adjectives in Spanish. In: Smith, Jason and Ihsane, Tabea, (eds.) Romance Linguistics 2012. Selected papers from the 42nd Linguistic Symposium on Romance Languages (LSRL), Cedar City, Utah, 20-22 April 2012. John Benjamins Publishing Company, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, pp. 261-274. ISBN 9789027203878 (doi:

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In this paper, we examine the components, the structure and the formation process of derived categories, by analyzing the properties of nouns derived from adjectives. We will discuss the event structure underlying them and argue that, although it is commonly assumed that de-adjectival nouns denote qualities (wisdom, beauty) or states (sadness, perplexity), there is a group of de-adjectival nominalizations (imprudence, cruelty) that refer to occurrences of events (Beauseroy 2009). We show that such occurrential nominalizations are possible only when derived from evaluative adjectives. is is due, we argue, to the fact that such adjectives can be predicated of events in addition to the sentient individual (Stowell 1991). Finally, we show that the existence of a structure of origin with the relevant properties does not guarantee the existence of the derived category, leaving what seem to be gaps in the universe of possible derivations.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Derivation, Adjectives, Eventivity
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PC Romance languages
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences > School of Humanities & Social Sciences (HSS)
Last Modified: 19 May 2020 13:40

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