• Tong Fanghua Xiamen University, People’s Republic of China
  • Yixi Dengzhu Xinan Minzu University, People’s Republic of China
Keywords: Reflective, Redundancy, Removal, Resonance, Regimentation


A noun, a pronoun or a nominal group as a single entity that stands not alone but with a determiner, a modifier or a predicator is called a nominal core with a companion. It is observed that nominal cores in some languages systematically send out morphemes informative of their form or content to their companions, as if these cores have created fields radioactive with particular information particles which don’t show up until the cores find it necessary to use them as confining markers on their companions, informing them of the simple fact they are now within their particular spheres of influence and should therefore, from that very moment on, be subject to their dominance. These informative morphemes are called reflectives. The phenomenon of reflectives being sent out by nominal cores is called Radioactivity of the nominal core. Our research is about the impacts of this quite common but rarely discussed linguistic property. According to that, the article, has been divided into five sections, studies impacts of the radioactivity of nominal core by looking at the interrelationship among the core, its reflective and companion. There are four major impacts. Impact 1 is the definite Redundancy in information: A reflective is a morpheme containing some information about its core, but the core is the morpheme which contains the original copy of that information. Therefore, for any construction whose core sends out a reflective or reflectives, redundancy in information is an unavoidable matter of course. Impact 2 is the possible Removal of the core. Though the reflective is the redundancy maker, it does not automatically mean that it is the first cleansing choice to be made when the language system wants to restore simplicity. Actually, the general practice of quite a large number of languages is to remove the nominal core instead. Impact 3 is the induced Resonance between the nominal core and the Ent. Agreement in language occurs when grammatical information appears on a word which is not the source of that information, as Corbett put it. When a radiating nominal core sends out informative morpheme(s) to its companion(s), it is imparting some information of its own to other words. Therefore, it is inducing an agreement—a term which we usually use in academia or resonance in this article for alliteration. Impact 4 is the assumed Regimentation of the core. When many different nominal cores happen to send out the same reflective(s) to their companion(s), the reflectives in turn serves or at least can be assumed to serve, as a way of assorting these different nominal cores into the same group or category. This assorting is usually called categorization in the linguistic circle but Regimentation in this article for alliteration with Redundancy, Removal and Resonance.


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How to Cite
Fanghua, T., & Dengzhu, Y. (2018). IMPACTS OF THE RADIOACTIVITY OF NOMINAL CORE. Knowledge International Journal, 22(6), 1649 - 1655. Retrieved from