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A Semantic Characterization of Turkish Nominalizations
Ömer Demirok
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This paper presents a semantic characterization of two kinds of nominalizations in Turkish that can appear as complements to predicates, namely -MA and -DIK nominalizations. I propose that these nominalizations denote predicates of events and propositions, respectively. I show that a number of reportedly syntactic contrasts between these two nominalization types follow from this semantic characterization. Notably, the proposed semantic types correctly predict the flexibility of -MA nominalizations. Unlike -DIK nominalizations, they can appear as definite or quantified event descriptions, or propositional attitudes. This characterization makes more fine-grained predictions on when the reported contrasts between the nominalizations can be detected, and more generally brings in empirical support for the entity-event uniformity in the domains of plurality and quantification.

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Proceedings of the 36th West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics
edited by Richard Stockwell, Maura O'Leary, Zhongshi Xu, and Z.L. Zhou
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