Les nominalisations « d'achèvement graduel » en français

Abstract : This paper deals with French nouns derived from 'degree achievement' verbs (e.g. refroidir 'cool', élargir 'widen', moderniser 'modernize'). These verbs are gradable change-of-state predicates. They are well known for challenging the vendlerian classification of eventualities, mainly because of their variable telicity. The study here is concerned with the possible transfer of their aspectual properties to the derived nouns. It is argued that such nouns inherit the scalar structure from their base verbs, thus differing from other eventive nominalizations. Degree achievement nouns may also denote intensive events and in some cases be interpreted as stative. As in the verbal domain, two subclasses of degree achievement nominalizations can be distinguished, depending on whether they involve a bounded or unbounded scale structure (e.g. ralentissement 'slowing down' vs. séchage 'drying').
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Richard Huyghe. Les nominalisations « d'achèvement graduel » en français. Le Français Moderne - Revue de linguistique Française, CILF (conseil international de la langue française), 2015. ⟨hal-01244487⟩

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