where > relativizer?
yaron.matras at MANCHESTER.AC.UK
Wed Oct 21 22:55:46 UTC 2009
oh yes !!
Greek /pu/, Romani /kaj/, and southern dialectal German /wo/ are just
a couple of examples out of many.
Quoting peterarkadiev <peterarkadiev at YANDEX.RU>:
> Dear colleagues,
> According to the dictionary of Lithuanian language
> (http://www.lkz.lt/startas.htm), the wh-word *kur*, whose basic
> meaning is 'where', can in some dialects be used as a general
> relativizer similar to English *that*. Cf. a nice example where this
> word is used both to form a question about location, and to
> relativize the subject:
> Kur tas piemuo, kur gano šitas kiaules?
> where that(NOM.SG) shepherd(NOM.SG) who pasture(PRS.3) pig(ACC.PL)
> 'Where is that shepherd, who (lit. where) pastures pigs?'
> I wonder whether this or similar kinds of polysemy are attested
> Thanks a lot!
> With best wishes,
> Peter Arkadiev
> Institute of Slavic Studies
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