Relative nominals and event nominals in Hiaki

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In ‘Relative nominals and event nominals in Hiaki’, Harley discusses an interesting formal overlap between nominalizations which create relative-clause like structures and nominalizations which create event nominals in Hiaki (Yaqui). The nominalizer which usually derives a subject relative nominal, when applied to an argumentless predicate such as a weather verb or an impersonal passive, also derives an event nominal. Harley argues that this is because the event argument IS the ‘subject’ of an argumentless predicate, the only accessible argument for the nominalizer to reify. In the process of proposing a uniform semantics for the relative nominalizers and the event nominalizer, a detailed analysis of both is provided. The nominalizers are argued to select an AspP complement. In entity-referring relative nominals, null operator movement is involved; in the event-referring event nominals, no operator is needed or possible. The syntax and morphology of the relative nominalizers is worked out in detail, with particular attention to the genitive-marked subjects of object, oblique, and locative relative nominals.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationNominalization
Subtitle of host publication50 Years on from Chomsky’s Remarks
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages28
ISBN (Electronic)9780198865544
StatePublished - Jan 21 2021


  • Genitive
  • Hiaki
  • Impersonal passive
  • Lambda-abstraction
  • Relative clause
  • Uto-aztecan

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities(all)
  • Social Sciences(all)


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