[Lingtyp] Narrative relative clauses

Giacalone Ramat Anna anna.giacalone at unipv.it
Wed May 9 10:38:14 EDT 2018

Dear Juergen,
in my paper "Persistence and renewal in the relative pronoun paradigm: the
case of Italian", Folia Linguistica Historica 26, 2005, 115-138, I discuss
narrative relative clauses and their function in Old Italian. I suggest
that the emergence and diffusion of relative pronoun *il quale* in Old
Italian was modeled  on the Latin "connecting relative" (Rosén) or
relativischer Anschluss (Lehmann) . It was used as a device to enhance text

Anna Giacalone Ramat
Professor Emerita of Linguistics
The University of Pavia
Academia Europaea
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email: annaram at unipv.it <annaram at univ.it>

2018-05-08 21:10 GMT+02:00 Bohnemeyer, Juergen <jb77 at buffalo.edu>:

> Dear colleagues -- I’m looking for any leads regarding both in-depth
> single-language and typological studies on a phenomenon one might refer to
> under the makeshift labels ‘narrative relative clauses’ or ‘eventive
> relative clauses’. I will stick here to the former label (NRCs), since the
> latter is more ambiguous. NRCs are a type of non-restrictive RCs that
> distinguish themselves from other kinds of non-restrictive RCs by standing
> in a narrative rhetorical relation to the matrix clause (or put
> differently, by advancing a narrative story line to which the matrix clause
> also contributes). Based on European languages, some subtypes could be
> distinguished based on (i) the “antecedent” of the RC - the matrix clause
> referent the RC picks up - and (ii) the expression of the semantic relation
> between the matrix and RC events:
>         • Antecedent is a participant of the matrix event; event relation
> implicit:
>           Sally gave the cup to Floyd, who smashed it to pieces
>         • Antecedent is the matrix event itself; event relation implicit:
>           Sally gave the cup to Floyd, which irritated Sam
>         • Antecedent is the matrix event itself; event relation explicit:
>           Sally gave the cup to Floyd, whereupon Sam left the room in
> disgust
> B and C are presumably structurally distinct from ordinary
> (non-restrictive) RCs. On the other hand, A-type NRCs are interesting for
> the form-meaning mismatch or semantic-pragmatic mismatch they involve. A
> more technical definition of NRCs might be as follows:
>         • Constructions involving a matrix clause and a dependent clause;
>         • The dependent clause should share some of the language-specific
> properties of RCs that set them apart from other types of dependent
> clauses/predications in the particular languages;
>         • The matrix clause event and the dependent clause event are
> causally related and/or spatio-temporally contiguous.
> I fully expect that the pragmatic functions of NRCs can be partially or
> wholly fulfilled by other clause combination constructions that do not have
> the language-specific trappings of RCs. Such functionally related
> alternative means are very much part of the interest driving this
> investigation.
> Thank you in advance for any leads on this topic! -- Best — Juergen
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