Author(s): Fevzi KARADEMÄ°R

One of the most controversial subjects of the Turkish language is the noun clause and the elements it can employ. In this study, the definition of the noun clause is presented along with the examples provided from the relevant sources, and thus the nature of the noun clause and the elements it can employ is discussed based on such examples. Moreover, in conjunction with the matter at hand, the state of the sentences formed with such lingual units as -mAdA/-mAktA +person suffix (ki?i eki); -mAk +gerek/laz?m, -mA +possessive suffix (iyelik eki) +gerek/laz?m, -mAk + zorunda/ mecburiyetinde +person suffix (ki?i eki) and the way in which they are divided into lingual elements are also evaluated.

As a result of the evaluation thus made, it is concluded that one sided and totalistic approaches regarding the classification of sentences based on their respective predicates do not yield positive results and that it would be a better approach to interpret the examples in the predicate type related instances in terms of their conceptual and structural aspects and that different data obtained as a result of such an assessment should also be taught along with the subject matter.

Similarly, such restrictive approaches calling for clear cut boundaries in sentence analyses and claiming that the noun clauses can never employ certain elements under any circumstances have been found to be problematic for some sentences; and it is established that different solutions could be offered for the same syntax structure, depending on one's point of view, and therefore identification of elements for noun clauses could vary as a result. From this perspective, it is suggested that it would be more suitable to dispense with the absolutist approaches in syntax related analyses and to give other possible analysis methods in teaching the subject.

While it is accepted that each and every approach identified in terms of the nature of the sentences formed with the lingual units including -mAdA/-mAktA +person suffix (ki?i eki); -mAk +gerek/laz?m, -mA +possessive suffix (iyelik eki) +gerek/laz?m, -mAk +zorunda/ mecburiyetinde +person suffix (ki?i eki) and the manner in which they are divided in the lingual elements is party correct, it is concluded that the suffix -mAdA/-mAktA acquires the property of the present continuous tense, and that the other units are within the process of modulation and can be regarded as the nuanced modes of the necessitive, and that evaluating the sentences formed with the units that are in the process of modulation within the category of verbal clauses can also be considered as an option.


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