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By Liesbet Heyvaert

The most goal of the publication is to offer a scientific account of the constructional mechanisms that underlie deverbal nominalization. Such an account strongly demands a useful instead of in basic terms structural process simply because nominalizations are essentially useful re-classifications of verbal predicates into nominal buildings. The argument is fortyfied by way of an in depth dialogue of a couple of nominalization platforms (i.e. deverbal -er nominalizations, gerundive nominals and that-nominalizations). This e-book is of curiosity to all researchers in cognitive and sensible linguistics.

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D. *What the ball did was hit. e. *What John did to the ball was hit. The categories in the ideational network in Figure 3, in short, represent non-enate constructions, identified on the basis of the distinct agnation paradigms 'behind' them. Importantly, these agnation paradigms also serve "as a heuristic to interpret the semantic difference" between John hit the ball and John marched the prisoners (Davidse 1998a: 293): the agnates of John hit the ball show that the ball is the 'undergoer' or Goal of the process, whereas those of John marched the prisoners reveal that the prisoners is Actor.

Can be assigned to one or other of the specified layers, or ranks" (Halliday 1966b: 111). e. the sentence, clause, phrase, word and morpheme (Halliday 1961). 6 The analysis of a construction, then, requires that it be accounted for at all ranks. This is called the 'requirement of total accountability' in Halliday (1966b: 113). A clause, for instance, is analyzed into phrases, which themselves consist of words, which, in turn, are made up of morphemes. The rank scale allows for downward 'rank shift', whereby a symbolic unit is used at a rank which is either equal to or lower than its own rank.

By the duke) and the message concerns this teapot. 9 What at first sight appear to be characteristic properties of a single unit thus turn out to be basically functions on the clausal level. Rather than being properties or aspects of a specific unit (in this case, the Subject-unit), they are distinct functions which are either mapped onto each other in a 30 Theoretical assumptions single component (as in 1) or are realized by distinct components (as in 2). In the case of a unit such as the duke in (1), Halliday has labelled its various functions as Theme, Subject and Actor: as a Theme, the duke is the "point of departure" of the message conveyed by the clause (Halliday 1994: 34); the duke is also Actor or the "doer of the action" (Halliday 1994: 30); and, finally, in its function of Subject, the duke is the one "on which rests the truth of the argument" (Halliday 1994: 30).

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