[Lingtyp] Query on sentential names/Satznamen

Larry M. HYMAN hyman at berkeley.edu
Thu Jun 20 19:43:21 EDT 2019


Some time ago Francis Katamba and I collected as many lexicalized compounds
and "phrase words" as we could find... a few hundred in all... many of
which are names. Here's an attachment with these forms (organized by tonic
vs. non-tonic tone patterns, with a superficial identification of the
structure... which I haven't reviewed, but leave anyway). Hope useful. Good
luck! Larry

On Thu, Jun 20, 2019 at 2:52 AM Iker Salaberri <ikersalaberri at gmail.com>
wrote:

> Dear colleagues, dear fellow typologists,
>
> I'm currently looking for cross-linguistic data on a specific kind of
> name: sentential names (SNs), a.k.a. clausal names, phrasal names and (in
> their widespread German use) *Satznamen*. van Langendonck (2007: 277-278)
> defines SNs as names consisting (minimally) of a verbal stem and a noun
> phrase (NP) or an adverb, where the NP is either the direct object or the
> subject of the verb stem. Here are some examples of SNs I have found so far:
>
> (1) Shona (East Bantu): *Chaitamwarihachirambwi *'What God has done
> cannot be rejected', from *mwari *'God' and the verb root -*it *'to do'
> (Mapara 2013: 103)
>
> (2) Basque (Language isolate): *Euridakargaina *'The summit which brings
> rain', from *euri *'rain' and the verb root -*kar *'to bring' (Salaberri
> 2008: 733)
>
> (3) Warrongo (Pama-Nyungan): *Galonggo balban banggarra* '(The place
> where) mice rolled blue tongue lizard', from *galo *'mouse' and *balba *'to
> roll' (Tsunoda 2011: 22)
>
> (4) Northwest Sahaptin (Sahaptian): *Xátkapsha *'Leans unexpectedly',
> from *tkap* 'to lean' and *xa*- 'unexpectedly' (Hunn 1996: 14)
>
> (5) Mandarin (Sino-Tibetan): *Chuán-wén* '(The one who) transmits
> culture', from *chuán *'to transmit' and *wén *'culture' (Wiedenhof 2015:
> 92) (sorry if the tone markers are inaccurate)
>
> (6) Eastern Apurímac Quechua (Quechuan): *Waqcha kuyaq* '(The one who)
> esteems the poor', from *waqcha *'poor' and *kuya*- 'to esteem' (Fonseca
> 2012: 98)
>
> (7) German (Indo-European): *Hassdenpflug *'Hate the plow', from *hassen *'to
> hate' and *Pflug *'plow/plough' (Heintze 1908: 160)
>
> I'm writing to ask for your help in tracking down more instances of this
> kind of name: I have found so far that SNs are common in (subsaharan)
> Africa, North America and Europe, in decreasing order, and far less common
> in Asia, Oceania and South America. That is why I would be extremely
> grateful for any information on SNs in languages from Asia, Oceania and
> South America. I would be very grateful for any pointers to grammars,
> language descriptions or other mentions of SNs in the literature.
>
> References:
> Fonseca, Gustavo S. 2012.* Introducción a un tesoro de nombres quechuas
> en Apurímac*. Lima: Terra Nuova.
> Heintze, Albert. 1908. *Die deutschen Familiennamen: Geschichtlich,
> geographisch, sprachlich* (3rd edition). Halle an der Saale: Verlag der
> Buchhandlung des Waisenhauses.
> Hunn, Eugene. 1996. Columbia Plateau Indian place names: What can they
> teach us? *Journal of Linguistic Anthropology* 6(1). 3-26.
> Mapara, Jacob. 2013.* Shona sentential names: A brief overview*. Bamenda:
> Langaa Research & Publishing.
> van Langendonck, Willy. 2007. *Theory and typology of proper names*.
> Berlin/New York: Mouton de Gruyter.
> Salaberri, Patxi. 2008. Satznamen direlakoen inguruan: Erlatibozko
> perpausetan jatorri duten toponimoak aztergai [On so-called Satznamen:
> Investigating toponyms which originate in relative clauses]. In Xabier
> Artiagoitia & Joseba A. Lakarra (eds.), *Gramatika jaietan: Patxi
> Goenagaren omenez*, 725-741. Bilbao/Bilbo: University of the Basque
> Country.
> Tsunoda, Tasaku. 2011. *A grammar of Warrongo*. Berlin/Boston: Mouton de
> Gruyter.
> Wiedenhof, Jeroen. 2015. *A grammar of Mandarin*. Amsterdam/Philadelphia:
> John Benjamins.
>
> Best,
>
> Iker Salaberri
> Public University of Navarre
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-- 
Larry M. Hyman, Professor of Linguistics & Executive Director,
France-Berkeley Fund
Department of Linguistics, University of California, Berkeley
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