[Lingtyp] Position of sentential complements

Johanna NICHOLS johanna at berkeley.edu
Thu Jul 20 00:32:22 UTC 2017

Thanks to those who have recommended this paper:

Karsten Schmidtke-Bode and Holger Diessel, "Cross-linguistic patterns in
the structure, function, and position of (object) complement clauses".
Linguistics 2017: 55(1): 1-38

and GramCats.


On Tue, Jul 18, 2017 at 7:51 PM, Johanna NICHOLS <johanna at berkeley.edu>

> This request is for a colleague who's not on the list.  Does anyone know
> of recent cross-linguistic work on the positional tendencies of complement
> clauses?  It's often said that postverbal or sentence-final position is
> preferred or most frequent, regardless of the order of A, O, and V.  That
> is what Dryer 1980 found, using a survey of 31 languages.  We wonder if
> there has been a larger survey since then.
> Thanks for any information,
> Johanna Nichols
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