Origin of nominalising morphology.

Gordon Whittaker gwhitta at GWDG.DE
Mon Jun 16 12:22:55 UTC 2003

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You pose a very interesting question, which I hope will provoke a fruitful
discussion. As for the parallel of English -ing with German -ung, you should
be careful to distinguish two English morphemes. Only the abstract noun suffix
-ing is cognate with the German equivalent in -ung. Unless I am mistaken, the
participial suffix -ing ~ -in' is the result of the falling together of an
original participial -end (as in German) with the -ing nominal suffix. If I am
wrong here, I am sure someone can clarify the issue.


Prof. Dr. Gordon Whittaker
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