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Vortrag von Gianina Iordachioaia am Dienstag, 24.11.2015 (16:00 Uhr - GB 3/159)

Freitag, 13. November 2015. Aus der Kategorie 'Vortragsreihe'.

Das Sprachwissenschaftliche Institut lädt herzlich ein zu dem Vortrag von:

Dr. Gianina Iordachioaia (Universität Stuttgart)

Number in Nominalizations

In this talk I will look at some crosslinguistic data that challenge Grimshaw's (1990) well-known generalization that deverbal nouns that realize argument structure (i.e., her ‘complex event nominals’) cannot realize plural and, consequently, behave like mass nouns. As other researchers have shown (e.g., Roodenburg 2006, Iordachioaia & Soare 2008, Alexiadou, Iordachioaia & Soare 2010), this claim does not entirely hold, since various languages do have nominalizations with argument structure that can appear in the plural: e.g., 'There were three eruptions of Vesuvius' (Mourelatos 1978: 425). Following Mourelatos’ (1978) reasoning, according to which aspectually telic/bounded nominalizations should behave like count nouns (see also Jackendoff 1991), and building on Iordachioaia & Soare (2008) and Alexiadou, Iordachioaia & Soare (2010), I will show that various languages, among which Romanian, Polish, and Bulgarian, present nominalization patterns that realize plural based on this aspectual boundedness constraint, while other nominalizations that do behave like mass nouns, as Grimshaw argued, are aspectually unbounded. Besides this aspectual dimension, I show that a further factor that plays a role in the realization of plural marking concerns the degree of nouniness that a nominalization has. For instance, despite its telic/bounded aspect the verbal gerund ‘John’s reading the book’ in English will never realize plural, because it simply lacks the nominal structure to support number realization. In this respect, it is closer to a sentence than to a noun. Finally, I will contribute some remarks towards an explanation as to why even aspectually bounded deverbal nouns do not occur as easily in the plural as common count nouns do.