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Alexander Carr

Research student,


I am an ESRC-funded postgraduate researcher in the Centre of Language and Communication Research (CLCR). I completed a BA in English Language (2015-18) and an MA in Language and Communication Research (2018-19) from Cardiff University. My PhD thesis, which is being supervised by Lise Fontaine, focuses on the nature and degree of nominality.


Research interests

My research focuses on the nature and degree of nominality. While it is widely accepted that nouns and verbs constitute two separate lexical classes, this distinction has been shown to be unsatisfactory due to variably applied criteria which inconsistently mix morphology, syntax and semantics. For example, one problem is that semantic distinctions such as event vs object are not reliable, e.g. the noun ‘fire’ behaves verbally, like a deverbal noun, but this meaning is not inherited from a verb. It can be said that the concept Grammatical Metaphor (GM) has provided some insight into the broad area of nominalization. However, GM has been shown not to account for underived nominals which express event meaning. Therefore, the aims of my research are threefold: (1) to determine how the nature and degree of nominality can be evaluated, (2) to examine the extent to which GM can account for incongruent meanings in nominal expressions, and (3) to determine how object, state, and event meaning come to be expressed in nominal forms. 


An Empirical Investigation into The Nature and Degree of Nominality

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