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Cognitive Mechanism of Chinese Nominalization and Its Operation

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DOI: 10.25236/ACEPMB.2019.015


Li Zhang

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Li Zhang


The argument on nominalization has long been discussed. Researches on the cognitive mechanism of Chinese nominalization and its operation in human mind are of great help to understand its nature as well as deepen its theoretical studies. The paper studies the cognitive mechanism and syntactic realization of Chinese nominalization in the perspective of language philosophy, conceptual semantics and cognitive linguistics. The paper also puts forward that the cognitive mechanism is “objectification of event meaning” and illustrates its operation from three aspects of the cognitive psychology, propositional structure and semantic-syntactic interface.


Nominalization; Cognitive mechanism; Re-categorization