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Linguistic Typology

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Volume 15, Issue 3


The syntax of prenominal relative clauses: A typological study

Tong Wu
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  • Universit Sorbonne Nouvelle Paris III
  • Laboratoire Langues et civilisations tradition orale (UMR 7107, CNRS)
  • Laboratoire Dynamique du langage (UMR 5596, CNRS)
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A typological overview is given of the syntax of prenominal relative clauses, based on a large number of languages of different families and areas and presented in a theory-neutral way. On the one hand, previous typological assumptions are tested against new data. On the other hand, the question is addressed to what extent prenominal relative clauses are ordinary or unusual, compared to other types of relative clauses, especially to postnominal ones.

Keywords:: Accessibility Hierarchy; clause combining; finiteness; relative clause; subordination; syntax

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Correspondence address: 134, avenue Berthelot, 69007, Lyon, France

Received: 2010-10-30

Revised: 2011-09-07

Published in Print: 2011-11-01

Citation Information: Linguistic Typology, Volume 15, Issue 3, Pages 569–623, ISSN (Online) 1613-415X, ISSN (Print) 1430-0532, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/LITY.2011.036.

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