thomashanke at EMAIL.DE
Sun Apr 15 15:28:09 UTC 2007
I'm looking for any hint on the non-occurrence or avoidance of
gapping structures in any language or region. Formulated more
positively, I search for work on gapping structures, including
typological or areal studies.
I take "gapping" as referring to constructions with an unexpressed
verb, mainly as part of coordinate constructions: "I bought a book
and Bill a newspaper."
Likewise, I'm interested in any hint to similar verbless clauses
outside of coordination.
I've found some discussion of gapping structures in a number of
languages mainly from Europe, but for my interest (see below) I'm
more interested in restrictions.
Many thanks for your interest,
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thomashanke at email.de
FU Berlin, English Studies
Berlin Utrecht Reciprocals Project
"A typology of reciprocal markers:
Analysis and documentation"
1. I am working on bipartite reciprocal markers like "each other" and
"one another" - by the way, those seem to be instances of cross-
linguistic rather rare types. I've been thinking about the original
parts of constructions with bipartite reciprocal markers. As floating
doesn't seem to be available for NPs like "one dog"/"one of the
dogs", gapping clauses came to my mind.
2. Haspelmath (2000: 38) refers to Mallinson and Blake (1981):
"Gapping is impossible in Thai and Mandarin Chinese (Mallinson &
Blake 1981:218), and even in the southern European language Maltese
(closely related to Arabic), the same verb occurring with a different
subject and object is normally repeated." I found some discussion on
Anyway, I haven't been able to find much work on restrictions or
areal distribution of gapping.
Haspelmath, Martin. 2000. Coordination. pdf version of article in:
Language typology and linguistic description, 2nd ed. Cambridge: CUP.
Mallinson, Graham & Blake, Barry. 1981. Language typology. Amsterdam:
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