Saturday, March 23, 2019

Nominalizers

WIP: this article is incomplete and might change in the unforeseeable future.
In linguistics, a nominalizer is a word whose purpose is to turn something into a noun. See nominalization for how it works.

In Japanese, there are a few words you can call nominalizers: the no の particle would be the purest nominalizer, followed by the slightly nuanced koto こと and mono もの, which are also light nouns.

The no の nominalizer is sometimes contracted to n ん. And mono もの is sometimes contracted to mon もん.

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