A nominalization is any member of a class of noun
s that really describe process
es. That is to say, that a nominalization is a verb
that has been erroneous
ly turned into
a noun. The use of E-Prime
and operational definition
s are both ways to avoid using nominalizations incorrectly, as nominalizations are merely Aristotelian fallacies
that in fact serve as examples of theology
Testing for nominalizations:
Can I put X into a dumpster? - If not, then you're dealing with a nominalization. *
Can I define X using verbs rather than the "is of identity?"
Examples of Nominalizations:
We went for a drive.
What are your thoughts on the matter?
The mind is embedded in the brain.
That is a very abstract concept.
She has a bad cough.
* Of course there are those who say that all nouns are nominalizations. And those who say that "the gerund and the participle are necessities in a nominal (rather than ergative) language!"
See also: Thought Loop, Quantum Psychology, General Semantics, Reification, Simulacrum, Nominal.