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On event-denoting deadjectival nominalizations

On event-denoting deadjectival nominalizations

Arche, María J., Fábregas, Antonio and Marin, Rafael Marín (2021) On event-denoting deadjectival nominalizations. The Linguistic Review, 38 (2). pp. 191-231. ISSN 0167-6318 (Print), 1613-3676 (Online) (doi:

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This paper offers a principled account for the nominalizations of dispositional evaluative adjectives. On the descriptive side, the paper shows that (i) in addition to the largely studied deverbal nominalizations, certain deadjectival nominalizations can also refer to events; (ii) the types of adjectives that enable eventive denotation are of a specific sort, namely, those deriving from Dispositional Evaluative Adjectives (e.g., imprudent). At the theoretical level, this paper argues that (i) dispositional deadjectival nominalizations introduce an event description not in a head but in a specifier position, as their subject of predicatio; (ii) in order for a word to have functional structure of the sort associated to verbs, an event description is not enough: functional projections must form a head-sequence with the event-descriptive heads; without this configuration, the merge of a fully-fledged verbal functional structure is blocked, which explains the limitations regarding temporal modification. (iii) The event present in the dispositional deadjectival nominalizations is a partial event description consisting of a head referring to the Process subevent.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: nominalizations, events, dispositional evaluative adjectives, argument structure, predication
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences > Centre for Research & Enterprise in Linguistics (CREL)
Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences > School of Humanities & Social Sciences (HSS)
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