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Nominalizations in Murui (Witotoan)

Katarzyna I. Wojtylak

Abstract

This paper discusses forms, types, and functions of nominalizations in Murui, a Witotoan language spoken in Colombia and Peru. It is concerned with those nominalizations that involve classifiers and those that do not (agentive S/A nominalizations and event nominalizations). Murui nominalizations share a number of noun-like and verb-like properties. While agentive S/A nominalizations and those involving classifiers are more noun-like in nature, event nominalizations are more verb-like.

Abbreviations

1, 2, 3

first, second, third person

a

subject of transitive verb

abl

ablative

adv

adverbial

audit

auditory

agt

agentive

an

animate

ana

anaphoric

andtv

andative

at

locative ‘at’

att

attributive

ca

common argument

caus

causative

clf

classifier

coll

collective

compl

completive

conn

connective

conj

conjunction

cts

close-to-speaker (demonstrative)

dr

derivational’ animate classifier

des

desiderative

du

dual

dur

durative

e

event (nominalization)

emph

emphatic

epist

epistemic

f

feminine

fur

referring to fur-like objects (classifier)

fut

future

g

generic

gr

group

hab

habitual

hum

human referent

imp

imperative

incp

inceptive

inher

inherent

ins

instrumental

interj

interjection

lk

linker

loc

locative

m/m

masculine

neg

negative/negation

neut

neutral

nmlz

nominalization

np

noun phrase

nsp

non-specific

n.s/a.top

topical non-S/A subject

o

object of transitive verb

pass

passive

pl/pl

plural

place

place (classifier)

pr

‘pronominal’ animate classifier

pred

predicate

q1

question word bu-

q2

question word -

red

reduplication

rep

reported

s

subject of intransitive verb

seq

sequential

sg/sg

singular

smlf

semelfactive

sp

specific

Sp.

Spanish

stem

referring to stem-like objects (classifier)

top.s/a

topical S/A subject

th

thematic

uncert

uncertainty

vcs

verbless copula subject

vcc

verbless clause complement

voc

vocative

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