4 NominalisationText 1The choir sang beautifully so the class applauded wildly.Text 2The choir’s beautiful singing drew wild applause from the class.
5 Nominalisation : Noun groups Text 1The choir sang beautifully so the class applauded wildly.Text 2The choir’s beautiful singing drew wild applause from the class.
6 Nominalisation : verbs and clauses Text 1The choir sang beautifully so the class applauded wildly.Text 2The choir’s beautiful singing drew wild applause from the class.
7 The council decided to allow the building to be demolished even though the heritage committee was just about to debate whether it should be heritage listed or not. The Aurora Heritage Group has said that this has got to be the most appalling thing the council has ever done.Nominalised versionThe council’s decision to allow the demolition of the building prior to debate on its heritage listing has drawn a scathing rebuke from the Aurora Heritage Group.
8 Field: Language Scales: noun groups Scale 4 numbers: eight, four or five, ten percentdescribers: pretty, very pretty, good-lookingclassifiers: gas, electric, oil heaterprepositions: on the box, under the box, in the boxScale 6numbers: a quarter ofdescribers: big, beautifulclassifiers: state, federal governmentshort prepositional phrases as qualifiers:“The man in the shop was …”Across the Scales there is increasing technicality in the numbers, describers and classifiers that can be added in front of a noun. You can see the increasing complexity across Scale 4 and 6. Qualifiers start in Scale 6 with simple prepositional phrases
9 Field: Language Scales: noun groups Scale 10 describers: the biggest, most colourful centreclassifiers: the biggest, most colourful shopping centremore complex qualifiers: “It is the biggest, most colourful shopping centre located in the city”Scale 12describers: the most important and exciting discoveriesclassifiers: the most important and exciting medical discoveriesqualifiers: “One of the most important and exciting medical discoveries in recent times is …”in Scale 10 the describers and classifiers become more complex and the qualifiers include dependent clauses such as" located in the city" and prepositional phrases with more specific vocabulary as in," in recent times".
10 Field: Language Nominalisations Scale 6 Scale 8 understands a range of nominalisations and uses a limited rangeunderstands: movement, your turn, a good chanceuses: “What’s your height?”, a lot of happiness, educationScale 8understands a range of nominalisations and uses small rangeunderstands: possibility, allowanceuses with varying degrees of accuracy: permission, abilityAcross Scale 6 to 8 there is a greater confidence in using nominalisations.
11 Field: Language Nominalisations Scale 10 Scale 12 Uses a small range of technical nominalisations with varying degrees of grammatical accuracy: evaporation, expansionScale 12Uses a range of increasingly abstract and technical nominalisations with increasing confidence: growth, risk, capabilityIn Scale 10 and 12 there is growing confidence in technical nominalisations.