Correlatives Cross-Linguistically (Language Faculty and by Anikó Lipták

By Anikó Lipták

This quantity brings jointly contemporary paintings in generative syntax on correlative relative constructions. vastly increasing at the Hindi-oriented scope of past reports, it describes and analyzes correlative buildings in a variety of languages, reminiscent of Basque, Dutch, Hungarian, Polish, Sanskrit, Serbo-Croatian and Tibetan, compared to correlativization in Hindi. The articles zoom in on 3 parts of curiosity: to begin with, the similarities and adjustments among correlatives and different wh- and relative buildings; secondly, the derivation of correlative structures and the location correlative clauses occupy within the host clause and thirdly, the matching results that symbolize the pairings among relative words and demonstrative words. The stories awarded right here will attract researchers and scholars with an curiosity in syntax usually and relativization concepts particularly.

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The syntactic difference of course is that correlatives contain a wh-item, which this analysis treats not as a relativizer, but as an extreme non-specific item (in the sense of Farkas 2002), similar in meaning to free The landscape of correlatives  choice ‘any’ phrases. The fact that it can occur together with a conditional marker supports the analysis of correlatives as conditionals: (70) Ko na brdo ak’ i malo stoji, više vidi od onog pod brdo. ’ The wh-non-specific expression appears at the beginning of the clause due to its topic function.

Groenendijk, Jeroen & Martin Stokhof. 1982. Semantic analysis of wh-complements. Linguistics and Philosophy 5. 175–223. Grosu, Alexander. 2000. Type resolution in relative constructions. Feature marking and dependency encoding. In Artemis Alexiadou, Paul Law, André Meinunger & Chris Wilder (eds), The syntax of relative clauses. 83–120.

A slightly different formulation is found in Bittner (2001), who is concerned with the logical representation of individuals and possibilities, from the point of view of centering theory. She shows that conditional clauses center a possibility,  Anikó Lipták while correlatives center an individual. 20 Based on the observation that Serbian correlatives and conditionals show parallel syntactic and semantic behavior, this work treats correlatives as a subtype of conditional clauses, a type that involves extreme non-specific wh-expressions in topic positions in the CP-domain.

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