Nominalization and nominalization-based constructions in Galo

Post, Mark William (2011). Nominalization and nominalization-based constructions in Galo. In: Yap, Foong Ha; Grunow-Harsta, Karen; Wrona, Janick (eds.) Nominalization in Asian Languages: Diachronic and Typological Perspectives (pp. 255-287). Amsterdam: John Benjamins

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This paper describes nominalization and nominalization-based constructions
in Galo, a Tibeto-Burman language of the Tani branch spoken in North East
India. Nominalizers in Galo are divided into primary and secondary sets, while
nominalization-based constructions are divided into two types: nominalized
clauses and clausal nominalizations. Both primary and secondary nominalizers
help form nominalized clauses, which are uninflected, exhibit a genitive subject,
and enter into nominal complement and relative clause constructions. Clausal
nominalizations are formed by primary nominalizers only, may be inflected,
exhibit a nominative subject, and in general take on a more main clause-like
structure and set of functions. Following this basic description, the diachronic
origins of Galo nominalizers are discussed, and the Galo forms and patterns are
situated in terms of a broader typology of nominalization in Tibeto-Burman.

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06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Linguistics and Literary Studies > Institute of Linguistics

UniBE Contributor:

Post, Mark William


400 Language > 410 Linguistics




John Benjamins




Maxwell Perkins Phillips

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