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Abstract

As is well known, it is not uncommon in TB that nominalized clauses are used in various types of constructions, such as relative clauses, purpose clauses, verb complements, and free-standing independent clauses. Noonan (1997) , for instance, shows the multi-functionality of the nominalized clause with a nominalizer in Chantyal (Tamangic). The current article discusses another nominalizer in Tamangic. In many Tamangic languages/dialects the suffix may be used to form possessive pronominal expressions (e.g. ‘someone’s/something’s one’). It can thus be more specifically described as a pronominalizer. There is evidence that in many Tamangic dialects the suffix has developed into a genitive marker. This paper further suggests a possibility that is historically related to a number of verb suffixes, such as complementizers and finite verb suffixes used in free-standing independent clauses.

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