Workshop Nominalization in the Languages of the Americas

Roberto Zariquiey rzariquiey at PUCP.EDU.PE
Mon Jan 27 06:08:00 UTC 2014

***Apologies for cross-posting***

Workshop Nominalization in the Languages of the Americas

Venue: Humanities Department, Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (Lima, Peru)

Dates:   28-30 August 2014

Workshop languages: English, Spanish and Portuguese

Organizers: Roberto Zariquiey and Masayoshi Shibatani

Contacts: nominalizationpucp at; rzariquiey at

Abstracts are invited for the International Workshop on Nominalization in the Languages of the Americas, to be held at Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (PUCP), on 28-30th August 2014. We are interested in studies on nominalization from different perspectives, including both functional and formal approaches and dealing with languages of different areas/families of the Americas. Synchronic, diachronic, areal, and typological studies are equally welcome. Possible topics include:

Form of nominalizations:

Lexical and grammatical nominalizations

Event nominalizations and argument nominalizations

V-based and N-based nominalizations

Nominalization morphology and nominalization markers

Internal and external syntax of nominalizations (to

what extent are they nominal externally and verbal


Use/function of nominalizations:

 NP-use (referential function)

 Modification-use (relativization, N-complementation and V-complementation, adverbials, clause chaining)

 Pragmaticization of nominalizations

  Desubordination/insubordination (i.e. nominalizations taking on sentential functions) 

Being a treasure trove of nominalizations with a rich inventory of structures and varied usage patterns, South America is a natural focus of the workshop, but we strongly encourage the participation of linguists working on both Central and North American languages.  

 Publication of a volume based on the studies presented in the workshop is planned, similar to Nominalization in Asian Languages: Diachronic and Typological Perspectives edited by Foong Ha Yap, Karen Grunow-Hårsta and Janick Wrona (2011).

 One-page abstracts should be sent to nominalizationpucp at

Abstract deadline: March 31, 2014. 

 This is the first of the international workshops supported and planned biennially by PUCP’s recently launched Digital Archive of Peruvian Languages.

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