[Lingtyp] Position of sentential complements

Nigel Vincent nigel.vincent at manchester.ac.uk
Thu Jul 20 08:05:26 UTC 2017

The following is not specifically about the order of complement clauses but is a very good source of relevant data:
Kasper Boye and Petar Kehayov (eds) (2016) Complementizer Semantics in European Languages. Berlin: De Gruyter, xvi + 894 pp.


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There is also some information on the order of complement clauses in the following paper:

Dryer, Matthew S. 2009. The branching direction theory of word order correlations revisited. In Sergio Scalise, Elisabetta Magni & Antonietta Bisetto (eds.), Universals of language today, 185–207. Dordrecht: Springer.

(Section 5, "The position of complementizers", which also includes information on the position of the complement clause with respect to the main verb.)


On 20.07.17 02:32, Johanna NICHOLS wrote:
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<mailto:johanna at berkeley.edu>> wrote:
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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