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Nominalization is a process by which either a noun or a noun phrase is derived from a predicative category. These derived nouns or noun phrases are called nominalized expressions. For example:



指揮過樂隊 (verb)



zhǐhuīguo       yuèduì   



conduct-exp  orchestra 



‘has conducted an orchestra’



樂隊的指揮 (nominalized)



yuèduì       de    zhǐhuī



orchestra  sub  conductor



‘the orchestra’s conductor’



農民在賣菜。 (verb)



Nóngmín  zài      mài  cài



farmer       prog  sell   vegetable



‘The farmer is selling vegetables.’ 



賣菜的走了。 (nominalized)



Mài  cài     …

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Weina ZHENG, Fan LIU and Yang SHEN, “Nominalization”, in: Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics, General Editor Rint Sybesma. Consulted online on 23 July 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2210-7363_ecll_COM_00000289>
First published online: 2015

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