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In linguistics, a nominal is a word or group of words that differs grammatically from a noun but functions as a noun or modifier as a noun.

Example:


1. That kind is what I want.

In the sentence above, “kind” is a noun, and is modified by another noun “that” (pronoun). And as the nominal contains a pronoun, “that kind” is a pronominal (NP) in syntax instead AP or Adj. These words are often used as adjectives, but take place as nouns here(nominal)and serve as pronoun.

Another example:


2. Living in Winnipeg is not very expensive.


From this sentence above, "living in Winnipeg" can be categorized as the grammatical categories of gerund, preposition, and noun. However, the syntactic category is nominal* (VP [a gerund and an adverbial act as a noun] in NP).

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Wiktionary

Up to date as of January 15, 2010

Definition from Wiktionary, a free dictionary

Contents

English

Etymology

From Late Latin pronominalis, from Latin pronomin-, pronomen.

Adjective

pronominal (comparative more pronominal, superlative most pronominal)

Positive
pronominal

Comparative
more pronominal

Superlative
most pronominal

  1. Of, pertaining to, resembling, or functioning as of a pronoun.

Translations

Derived terms


French

Etymology

From Late Latin pronominalis.

Adjective

pronominal m. (f. pronominale, m. plural pronominaux, f. plural pronominales)

  1. pronominal

Derived terms


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