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From light noun to nominalizer and more

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Abstract

In this paper, we examine how Chinese light nouns <i>zhe</i> and <i>suo</i> evolved into agent and patient nominalizers respectively. The link between nominalization, relativization and genitivization is explored from a grammaticalization perspective; likewise the frequent relationship between nominalization and clausal subordination. Other uses derived from nominalization constructions are discussed as well, among them speaker stance marking and passive voice marking.

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