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6 Nouns, the Noun Phrase and the Nominal Clump

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The Nominal Clump is a notion, Haiman uses for his analysis of Khmer. He proposes it as "a unit midway between phrases and clauses with respect to the criterion of fixity [of the constituents]". The Nominal Clump is a referential unit that consists of one or more phrases, none of which is obligatory and "each is perfectly capable of occurring alone". The first section explains the Nominal Clump. A Noun Phrase is used to refer to or denote individuals or groups of individuals as arguments or adjuncts in clauses. The second section explains a Noun Phrase. The third section explains the subclasses of nouns in Atong language. Various subsections discuss the inherently locational nouns, mass nouns, and gender-sensitive nouns. Juxtaposition of nouns is discussed in the fourth section. The fifth section explains the repetitions of nouns. The last section explains the nominal predicates.

Keywords: Atong; Haiman; Khmer; Nominal Clump; Noun Phrase; nouns

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