General noun-modifying clause constructions in Hinuq and Bezhta, with a note on other Daghestanian languages

Comrie, Bernard, Forker, Diana, and Khalilova, Zaira (2017) General noun-modifying clause constructions in Hinuq and Bezhta, with a note on other Daghestanian languages. In: Matsumoto, Yoshiko, Comrie, Bernard, and Sells, Peter, (eds.) Noun-Modifying Clause Constructions in Languages of Eurasia: rethinking theoretical and geographical boundaries. John Benjamins Publishing Company, Amsterdam, Netherlands, pp. 121-146.

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Hinuq and Bezhta, two languages of the Tsezic sub-group of the Nakh-Daghestanian (East Caucasian) language family, have General noun modifying clause constructions (GNMCCs), which have also been noted in some other Nakh-Daghestanian languages. While readily acceptable and interpretable, GNMCCs that do not receive an interpretation with a coreferential element in the modifying clause are rare in natural discourse, certainly in comparison with Japaneses, and the range of types also seems more restricted. We speculate that this is because Japanese by and large lacks sentential complement structures independent of GNMCCs, and moreover because Hinuq and bezhta do not have highly frequent GNMCCs with light nouns, whose presence in Japaneses serves to make GNMCCs a much more salient feature of discourse.

Item ID: 52484
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
ISBN: 978-90-272-0697-8
Keywords: general noun-modifying clause construction, Tsezic languages, Nakh-Daghestanian languages, sentential complements
Date Deposited: 27 Feb 2018 00:54
FoR Codes: 47 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 4704 Linguistics > 470409 Linguistic structures (incl. phonology, morphology and syntax) @ 100%
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