Based on extensive and diverse material from 70 languages, and covering a range of previously undiscussed problems, this book provides a thorough analysis of how nominalization types interact with other structural features. It focuses on action nominal constructions, and in particular, the comparison of their syntactic structure with that of finite clauses and of other noun phrases, a problem which has claimed much attention in current syntactic theories. Supported by rich empirical material and clearly illustrated with examples from all the sample languages, the book provides a detailed and consistent basis for constructing a typology of derived constructions and for presenting cross-linguistic comparisons.

part |1 pages

Part 1: Theoretical background

chapter 1|19 pages

Preliminaries: the aim of this book

chapter 2|31 pages

ANCs as non-finite noun clauses

part |1 pages

Part 2: The data

chapter 4|11 pages

The data base

chapter 5|20 pages

Type 1: 'Sentential'

chapter 6|19 pages

Type 2: 'Possessive-Accusative'

chapter 7|36 pages

Type 3: 'Ergative-Possessive'

chapter 8|16 pages

Type 4: 'Nominal'

chapter 9|16 pages

Less frequent types

chapter 10|21 pages

Splits and variation

part |1 pages

Part 3: Discussion

chapter 11|26 pages

Explanation of type-membership

chapter 12|24 pages

Explanation of the attested types