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Abstract : This paper deals with deverbal nominals denoting participants to processes, in a syntactic approach to word formation. The main goal is to verify the relevance of a correlation between event reading and argument structure generally assumed for event-denoting deverbal nominals since Grimshaw 1990. After a careful consideration of the properties associated with different groups of participant nominals, we propose a three-way typology on the basis of French data, and more specifically -eur nominals, based on a contrast between episodic - dispositional - instrument Ns. The three classes of -eur nominals are distinguished on the basis of whether they involve an underlying event and therefore a verbal base or not; and whether the underlying event is episodic or generic. This latter property correlates with the expression of specificity on internal arguments. The proposal is further extended to nominals denoting internal arguments French -é-i-u nominals.

Mots-clés : noms agentifs lectures episodique dispositionnelle structure argumentale

Author: Isabelle Roy - Elena Soare -



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