Nominalizations in Toqabaqita and closely related languages

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The paper has two major focuses. One is the nominalizing suffixes found in Toqabaqita, an Oceanic language, and its near relatives, in particular those nominalizers that are of some antiquity and one recent replacement. The other one is certain aspects of nominalizations in Toqabaqita. One feature of Toqabaqita is double nominalizations, where the nominalizing suffix occurs twice. Double nominalizations are also found in a few other Oceanic languages. Toqabaqita nominalizations can be used with a stance function. And one also finds “cognate nominalization” in Toqabaqita, where a noun phrase is headed by the nominalization of the verb that heads the predicate. There is also “cognate relativization”, where the noun modified by a relative clause is the nominalization of the verb in the relative clause.


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