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Query Details


Query Subject:   Adverbial Relatives - Call for Data and References
Author:   Radek Simik
Submitter Email:  click here to access email

Linguistic LingField(s):  General Linguistics
Morphology
Semantics
Syntax
Typology

Query:   Dear colleagues,

I plan to start a morpho-syntactic and semantic research of so called
adverbial relatives, i.e. place-, time-, manner-, and reason-relatives,
illustrated by the following English examples:

1. a. I like the city where I was born
b. I remember the year when the war started
c. I admire the way (that) Peter plays the piano
d. I want to know the reason why John went home so early

Currently, I am in search of the following:

- references on this topic (mainly concerning syntactic and semantic
research but not excluding typological, acquisition, and other related
kinds of research)

- data from a number of typologically different languages
I am interested mainly in the way these relative are morphologically
introduced/expressed. As far as I have found out so far, such relatives may
be introduced by (i) a corresponding wh-question-word, as in (1a); (ii)
declarative complementizer, as in (1c); (iii) relative complementizer; (iv)
resumptive strategy. Note that one language may combine these strategies
even for one relativization-type.

I will be grateful for any kind of information, brief or detailed. Speakers
of less desribed languages are specially invited to contribute! For
interested linguists, a more detailed questionnaire may be prepared.

Please, send your references/data to this email address:
r.simik@rug.nl
LL Issue: 17.3644
Date posted: 09-Dec-2006



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