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Thus, in a Grimshaw fashion, with respect to argument structure, three types of nominalizations are distinguished: "argument-structure nouns" Grimshaw's "complex event nominals" , "participant-structure nominals" Grimshaw's "simple event nouns" , "result nominals" idem in Grimshaw Finally, the author presents the role of prefixation in the nominalizing process and the interactions of prefixation and argument structure.

In 'Deadjectival nominalizations and the structure of the adjective' pp. The analysis is carried out in the DM framework. The paper has several claims, among which the most interesting ones are the following: deadjectival nominals belong to two classes with distinct properties "state-nominals" and "quality-nominals" ; adjectives can be nominalized turned into nouns only by the mediation of a PredP or, the other way around, only predicative in opposition to attributive adjectives can be nominalized.

The author brings convincing evidence to substantiate both claims: the correlation of different readings of adjectives and the reading kept in nominalization; modification by adverb- like adjectives, etc. Likewise, in section 2, the author makes a short but thorough presentation of the mapping between the semantics of adjectives and their internal structure.

Isabelle Roy's proposed mechanism correctly derives deadjectival nominals and is able to account for the distinct interpretations of this type of derived nominal. In the study 'Event-structure constraints on nominalization' pp. The problems thoroughly covered in Siechel's insightful study include: agent exclusivity, agentivity as a co-temporal cause, nominal passives, and complex events in ING-OF nominalizations. The conclusion arrived at which is, as well, the main claim defended throughout the paper is that derived nominals in English are deficient in the sort of events they can host, being restricted to simple, single events, this in addition to the pure morphosyntactic deficiency they display.

In 'Aspect and argument structure of deverbal nominalizations: A split vP analysis' pp. They have a syntactic perspective on the building of nominalizations, and adopt Ramchand's split vP hypothesis; different readings and different possibilities of realization of the argument structure of nominalizations are tied to various differences within this model of split vP. One interesting result is a fine-grained analysis of the aspectual dimension of deverbal nominalizations, and the dissociation of a process reading from the presence of argument structure. In his study, 'Post-nominal genitives and prepositional phrases in German: A uniform analysis' pp.

Torgrim Solstad approaches the topic of post-nominal genitives and PPs in German in the framework entitled "surface-oriented syntax", providing solid binding-theoretic evidence against the DM analysis. More specifically, his proposal is that these constituents should be analyzed uniformly as N ominal P hrase adjuncts. As to semantics, all post-nominal genitives are represented by the underspecified two-place relation r rho ; in the case of PPs, the picture is more diverse, but is still congruous with this assumption.

Different realizations of this relation give rise to various interpretations of post-nominal genitives. Solstad convincingly argues against the assumption of structure-sharing between VPs and their corresponding nominalizations, thus providing arguments against the current DM approaches.

For instance, data from English, Spanish, Serbian, Bulgarian, French, Hebrew and German are extensively analyzed; also, additional evidence from Dutch, Romanian, Malagasy and Portuguese is brought into the discussion of the facts, when necessary. The book is very well-written and clearly structured; the presentation of the data is made in a clear way, with strict demarcations that eliminate the possibility of confusion between concepts and ideas.

All the authors bring into their discussion a great variety of examples to support their claims. I think that this book will be of very much help to all researchers who currently work on nominalizations, since it acquaints the reader with several analyses of particular phenomena concerning nominalizations, and it shows the current state of research in the domain.

Functional structure in nominals. Nominalization and ergativity. Amsterdam: John Benjamins. Grimshaw, Jane. Argument structure. Ramchand, Gillian, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. His main research interests are: the syntax of the Romanian DP from a comparative perspective; the diachronic development of functional categories nominal categories, in particular ; the biolinguistic perspective; nominal and clausal ellipsis.

In the last two years, he has been working with Professor Alexandra Cornilescu on various topics regarding the syntax of Romanian DPs: nominal ellipsis, nominal phases and peripheries, definiteness valuation, and diachronic changes in the nominal phrase changes in the patterns of definiteness valuation, the evolution of the definite article and genitives in Old Romanian.

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