where > relativizer?

Yaron Matras 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  
> cross-linguistically.
> Thanks a lot!
> With best wishes,
> Peter Arkadiev
> Institute of Slavic Studies
> Moscow

Yaron Matras
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