1 Department of Language and Business Communication, Aarhus School of Business, Aarhus BSS, Aarhus University2 English teaching group, Aarhus School of Business, Aarhus BSS, Aarhus University3 Department of Business Communication, Aarhus BSS, Aarhus University4 Department of Business Communication, Aarhus BSS, Aarhus University
It is a fundamental semantic property of all kinds of deverbal nominalizations that they may be used to talk about situations as if they were entities. In cases where a systematic morphological nominalization is at hand it becomes the name of a situation type, an abstraction from historical situations whose participants are "present" only in a manner comparable to unbound variables in a logical formula. Such nominalizations are regarded as semantically saturated since the y do no require syntactic realization of any of its arguments, nor can they be asigned an unambiguous event structure. This makes them semantically complex predicates the interpretation of which in actual utterance situations depends on both contextual and situational information.