complements of perception verbs

Elena Maslova maslova at JPS.NET
Fri Aug 25 16:21:02 UTC 2006

Dear Claudia,

this construction is very common in Yukaghir, and also occurs at  
least in some other languages of Siberia. A concise description of  
the Yukaghir construction can be found here:


On Aug 25, 2006, at 5:48 AM, Claudia Wegener wrote:

> Dear all,
> In the language I'm working on (Savosavo, Papuan, Solomon Islands),  
> the complex clause used to talk about perceiving an event consists  
> of an independent (main) clause encoding the percept (i.e. the  
> event that is perceived), and a dependent clause encoding the 'act  
> of perception'. Judging from the literature I've read so far  
> (grammars as well as typological literature), this seems to be a  
> bit unusual - the percept seems to be usually encoded in the  
> dependent clause (as in English "I saw that he left").
> I'd be grateful
> 1. if any of you'd know of other languages that put perception  
> verbs such as 'see' and 'hear' in a dependent clause, and the  
> percept in the main clause, or
> 2. if you could point me to any typological or theoretical  
> literature mentioning this that I might have missed!
> Thanks in advance,
> Claudia Wegener
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