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Title: Number/aspect interactions in the syntax of nominalizations: A Distributed approach
Author: Artemis Alexiadou
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Institution: Universität Stuttgart
Author: Gianina Iordachioaia
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Author: Elena Negoita Soare
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Institution: Université Paris 8 Vincennes-Saint-Denis
Linguistic Field: Syntax
Subject Language: Romanian
Abstract: In this paper we focus on the ability of Argument Supporting Nominalizations (ASNs) to realize morphological plural. We think that this aspect of their behavior is instrumental in our understanding of their properties and their syntax within one language and across languages. Our factual investigation deals with Romanian, English, German and Spanish, as well as Polish and Bulgarian ASNs. We show that the interplay between the aspectual properties – either inner or outer aspect – and the nominal/verbal characteristics, as justifying the internal structure of ASNs, allows us to characterize the ability of ASNs to accept plural marking across languages. We further argue for a flexible syntactic theory that enables us to capture the mixed properties of ASNs. We provide evidence for two parameters of variation. The first parameter is whether ASNs involve a nominalizer or not. If a nominalizer is not included, ASNs lack nominal internal properties. If a nominalizer is included, the second parameter comes into play and allows for language variation with respect to the height of attachment of the nominalizer. Specifically, a nominalizer can attach to (and thus nominalize) distinct layers of syntactic structure (VP vs. AspectP).


This article appears IN Journal of Linguistics Vol. 46, Issue 3, which you can READ on Cambridge's site or on LINGUIST .

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