Please enter verification code
The Syntax of Action Nominalization in Wolof
International Journal of Language and Linguistics
Volume 6, Issue 6, November 2018, Pages: 231-235
Received: Dec. 14, 2018; Accepted: Dec. 29, 2018; Published: Jan. 18, 2019
Views 884      Downloads 146
Khady Tamba, English Department, Cheikh Anta Diop University, Dakar, Senegal
Article Tools
Follow on us
This paper provides an analysis of action nominalization in Wolof, a language spoken in Senegal. Following the generative grammar approach to language, the nature of this nominalization process is analyzed by making reference to its syntactic properties. The analysis shows that this nominalization has mixed properties as it can be related to both nouns and verbs. This is substantiated by the way it patterns with respect to adjectives, determiners, adverbs, aspect and tense. Specifically, action nominalization in Wolof can be related to a VP, but not a TP/IP.
Syntax, Mixed Categories, Morphology, Nominalization, Wolof
To cite this article
Khady Tamba, The Syntax of Action Nominalization in Wolof, International Journal of Language and Linguistics. Vol. 6, No. 6, 2018, pp. 231-235. doi: 10.11648/j.ijll.20180606.16
Copyright © 2018 Authors retain the copyright of this article.
This article is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License ( which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Alexiadou, A. (2001). Functional Structure in Nominals: Nominalization an Ergativity. Amsterdam: John Benjamins B. V.
Baker, M. C. and N. Vinokurova. 2009. “On agent nominalizations and why they are not like event nominalizations.” In Language. Project MUSE. 517-556.
Chomsky, Noam. 1970. Remarks on nominalization. In Jacobs, Roderick; Rosenbaum, P. (eds.). Readings in English transformational grammar. Waltham, MA: Blaisdell.184-221.
Creissels, D. (2002) Colloque ‘Théories linguistiques et langues subsahariennes’ Université de Paris VIII, 6-8 février 2002 Adjectifs et adverbes dans les langues subsahariennes.
Doke, C. M. (1935). Bantu linguistic terminology. London: Longman.
Dowty, D. (1989). On the semantic content of the notion of “thematic role” In Chierchia, G.; Partee, B; Turner, R. Properties, Types and Meaning. Dordrecht: Kluwer 69-129.
Grimshaw, J. (1990). Argument Structure. Cambridge: MIT press.
Fu J. & Roeper, T., Borer, Hagit. 2001. “The VP within Process Nominals: Evidence from Adverbs and the VP Anaphor Do-So”. Natural Language & Linguistic Theory 19 (3), 549-582.
Hazout, I. (1995). “Action Nominalizations and the Lexicalist Hypothesis”. In Natural Language & Linguistic Theory 13 (3), 355-404.
Higginbotham, J. (1993). “Logical form, binding and nominals”. In Linguistic Inquiry 14. 395-420.
Koptjevskaja-Tamm, M. (1993). Nominalizations. New York: Routledge.
Lees, R. (1960). “The grammar of English nominalizations” In International Journal of American Linguistics 26, 1-205.
McLaughlin, F. (2000). “Consonant mutation and reduplication in Seereer-Siin”. Phonology 17(3): 333-363.
McLaughlin, F. (2004) “Is there an adjective class in Wolof?” Adjective classes: a crosslinguistic typology. In Dixon, R. M. W. and Aikhenvald, A. Y. (eds). Oxford: OUP. 242-262.
Ndiaye, M. (2003). Eléments de Morphologie du Wolof. Muenchen: Lincom.
Seck, A. Ng. (1987). Recherches comparatives sur les déterminants morphématiques du wolof et du francais : étude syntactique et référentielle. Nice : Université de Nice.
Tamba, K., Torrence, H. & Zimmermann, M. (2012). “Wolof Quantifiers”. In Keenan, E. & Paperno, D. (Ed) Handbook of Quantifiers in Natural Languages. New York: Springer.891-939.
Tamba, Khady. 2014. Clausal Nominalization in Wolof. PhD dissertation. Lawrence: The University of Kansas.
Torrence, H. (2013). The Clause Structure of Wolof Insights into the Left Periphery. Philadelphia: John Benjamins B. V.
Science Publishing Group
1 Rockefeller Plaza,
10th and 11th Floors,
New York, NY 10020
Tel: (001)347-983-5186