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Title: Referential and non-referential uses of nominalization constructions in Malay
Authors: Yap, FH 
Issue Date: 2011
Publisher: John Benjamins
Source: In FH Yap, K Grunow-Hårsta & J Wrona (Eds.), Nominalization in Asian languages : diachronic and typological perspectives, p.627-658. Amsterdam ; Philadelphia: John Benjamins, 2011 How to cite?
Abstract: This paper examines three versatile morphemes – yang, -nya and punya – that contribute to the formation of nominalization constructions in Malay. In particular, we examine how these morphemes give rise to both referential and non-referential uses of nominalization constructions. We also highlight that nominalizing elements in Malay can be derived from noun phrase markers such as third person genitive pronoun -nya (e.g. makan-nya [eat-3sg.gen] ‘his eating’) as well as general or semantically bleached nouns such as (em)punya (‘master, owner, possessor’) that can easily develop into light nouns equivalent to English indefinite pronoun one (e.g. tak rosak punya [neg spoil nmz] ‘the ones that are not spoiled’. We further show that various factors such as lexical source, morphosyntactic constraints, and in some cases language contact, help to shape the grammaticalization pathway(s) of each morpheme, particularly in terms of their range of grammatical and pragmatic functions.
ISBN: 9789027206770 (alk. paper)
9027206775 (alk. paper)
DOI: 10.1075/tsl.96.22yap
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