ESD Test Suite Examples

To bark bothers Browne.
Chasing the cat is old.
What the dog chased bothers Browne.

Linguistic Characterization

Nominalization wraps the semantics of a verbal constituent into a nominal predication introducing a referential index bound by a quantifier, and a scopal argument for the handle of the verbal constituent. This process occurs both in lexical rules and in constructions, including nominal and verbal gerunds, interrogative clauses as subjects of verbs or as complements of prepositions, and infinitival clauses or verb phrases as subjects. Nominal gerunds are related by lexical rule to verbs inflected as present participles, and behave uniformly like nouns, being modified by adjectives, taking only oblique complements, and combining with determiners and possessive NPs. Verbal gerunds are nominalizations of full verb phrases, where the internal structure of the phrase is clearly verbal, including adverbial modifiers and NP complements. Interrogative clauses that appear as subjects, or as complements in PPs also undergo nominalization to introduce a nominal entity that forms a suitable semantic argument. Similarly, infinitival VPs and clauses that appear as subjects are nominalized to introduce the expected nominal entity.

Motivating Examples

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  h0:nominalization[ARG0 x, ARG1 h1]
  h1:[ARG0 e]


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ErgSemantics/Nominalization (last edited 2015-06-04 17:08:11 by EmilyBender)

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