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Event Nominalizations in French and Modern Standard Arabic: A Parallel

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What the comparison between event nominalizations in French and Modern Standard Arabic reveals, is a fundamental similarity concerning the concept of what an event is, and what the result of an event can be. In this article, we show first that the two syntactic types of nominalizations described in the literature exist in Arabic as well as in French with parametric differences, mainly due to the fact that Arabic deverbal nouns retain more and stronger verbal features than their French counterparts. Nevertheless, the conceptual distinction between what we call “bound” and “free” event is made in the two languages. Our decision to treat result nominals at the end of the article relies on the fact we establish, that they are built on complex (and not simple, as often argued in the literature) event nominals, in the same way in the two languages, and with the same two possible interpretations (creation by modification or representation vs. “pure” creation) depending on the meaning of the verbal root.

Affiliations: 1: Lille 3 University ; 2: Lille 3 University


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