Remarks on Nominalization: Background and motivation

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In his introductory comments to this volume, Chomsky reviews the historical background surrounding the emergence of Remarks on Nominalization, the restrictive view of the syntax which it promoted, and, in that context, the need to separate syntactically predictable constructions, such as gerunds from less predictable formations, and specifically derived nominals, as described in Lees’ (1960) seminal study. It is also in that context that Chomsky reviews the emergence of the X’-scheme, offering, in particular, a contemporary perspective on its merits and drawbacks.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationNominalization
Subtitle of host publication50 Years on from Chomsky’s Remarks
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9780198865544
StatePublished - Jan 21 2021
Externally publishedYes


  • Derived nominals
  • Endocentricity vs. exocentricity
  • Explanatory adequacy
  • Gerunds
  • Interface conditions
  • Principles and parameters
  • Remarks on nominalization
  • Transformational grammar
  • X’-theory

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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