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Nominalizations in Ojibwe

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Abstract

The aim of this paper is to account for nominalization processes in Ojibwe including agent and non-agent nominalizations. I make two main claims: (1) in Ojibwe (even) simple nouns (result nominals, cf. Grimshaw 1990) have internal (verbal) structure; (2) agent nominals in Ojibwe are not exactly nominalizations: they are more like full clauses (with no nominal projection on top of the CP). Theoretically, I address for Ojibwe the puzzle mentioned by Harley (2009) for English nominalizations: meaning shifts from event to result readings do not affect the internal morphological structure of the nominalization. In Ojibwe, it will be argued that, although many nominalizations have transitive morphology, the transitive verb that is imported into the nominalization process is devoid of an internal and of an external argument, creating result nominalization rather than event nominalization.

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