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Abstract

Abstract

This paper presents a preliminary investigation of nominalization and relativization in Tujia from a typological perspective. We show that there are several nominalizers in Tujia, only two of which are multifunctional: and can function as a nominalizer, a relativizer, a complementizer, a converbal clause marker or a stance marker. can function as a genitive marker, a nominalizer, a relative clause marker, a non-relative attributive marker or a stance marker. Relative clauses in Tujia can be head internal and pre-nominal. The head internal relative clauses are marked by , while the pre-nominal relative clauses are marked by .1 We point out that manifests typical genitive-relative-nominalization syncretism, whereas manifests extended nominalization functions, both of which are widely attested in other Tibeto-Burman languages. We argue that originates from a general noun, of unknown etymology. The nominalizer originates from a genitive marker. These findings should prove useful to future typological or comparative research with respect to nominalization in Tibeto-Burman languages.

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