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Nominalization and nominalization-based constructions in Galo

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Abstract

This paper describes nominalization and nominalization-based construction in Galo, a Tibeto-Burman language of the Tani branch spoken in North East India. Nominalizers in Galo are divided into <i>primary</i> and <i>secondary</i> sets, while nominalization-based constructions are divided into two types: <i>nominalized clauses</i> and <i>clausal nominalizations</i>. Both primary and secondary nominalizers help form nominalized clauses, which are uninflected, exhibit a genitive subject, and enter into nominal complement and relative clause constructions. Clausal nominalizations are formed by primary nominalizers only, may be inflected, exhibit a nominative subject, and in general take on a more main clause-like structure and set of functions. Following this basic description, the diachronic origins of Galo nominalizers are discussed, and the Galo forms and patterns are situated in terms of a broader typology of nominalization in Tibeto-Burman.

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