Deriving Nominals

A Syntactic Account of Malagasy Nominalizations


This book provides a detailed study of nominalizing patterns in Malagasy (Austronesian) and discusses the broader theoretical issues that arise from these patterns. It explores new and original fieldwork data drawn from the largely unexplored domain of Malagasy deverbal nominals. Offering new insights to long-standing puzzles in the derivation of argument-structure, referential, and clausal nominals, the book promotes a single structure-building mechanism, which allows nominalizers to attach at different heights in the clausal spine to derive nominals with different morphosyntactic properties. In addition, it provides a novel analysis of participant nominalizations, showing that they are derived through the same mechanism that derives relative clauses, and thus setting the stage for new and exciting research directions.

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Dimitrios Ntelitheos, Ph.D. (2005) in Linguistics, University of California, Los Angeles, is Assistant Professor of Linguistics at United Arab Emirates University. He has published work on Malagasy, Greek, and Emirati Arabic morphological and syntactic structure and its acquisition by children.
"All in all, Ntelitheos achieves his goal of bringing new empirical data from Malagasy to bear on the debate about the nature of nominalizations, and provides some compelling arguments for his position that these data can be handled without a separate morphological component. “Deriving Nominals” is an important contribution to the study of morphosyntax, both empirically and theoretically, and I highly recommend it to readers interested in this field." – Megan Schildmier Stone, University of Arizona, on Linguist List
Scholars, researchers and doctoral fellows interested in formal approaches to linguistics, as well as general readers and language students interested in Malagasy and other Austronesian languages.