[Lingtyp] Verb-like nominal inflection

William Croft wcroft at unm.edu
Tue Jul 21 15:17:17 UTC 2020

A large scale (~400 language) comprehensive typological survey that is relevant is Leon Stassen, Intransitive Predication (Oxford University Press, 1997). He analyzes strategies for object ("nominal"), property ("adjectival"), locative and action ("verbal") predication, their distribution across languages, and universals, synchronic and diachronic, governing their distribution. One widely used strategy is his "Verbal" strategy, which may occur with any of the types of predication he analyzes, including object predication.

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Subject: [Lingtyp] Verb-like nominal inflection


Dear all,

In Galela (West Papuan), nouns can be inflected like verbs, as illustrated below:

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I would like to know if this is a cross-linguistically common phenomenon, and if so, what other languages show similar patterns.

>From Hong Kong,


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