[Lingtyp] Any references on temporal relative clauses
jesus_olguinmartinez at hotmail.com
Tue Dec 11 00:19:45 UTC 2018
As you know in many languages temporal, locative, and manner adverbial clauses are structurally identical to relative clauses. This structural identity between relative clauses and adverbial clauses is not infrequent. As Thompson et al. (2007: 245) point out adverbial clauses expressing time, location, and manner can commonly be paraphrased, in many languages, “with a relative clause with a generic and relatively semantically empty head noun: time, place, and way/manner, respectively”.
I send you this message because currently I am working on a final paper for a course I am taking that explores “temporal relatives in the world´s languages”, as can be seen in the examples in (1) and (2).
Kisi (Niger-Congo/Mel; Childs 1995: 287)
(1) ŋ̀ cò cììkìáŋ, lɔ́ɔ́ ŋ̀ cò hùnɔ́ɔ́-ó.
1pl.sbj aux meet time 2sg.sbj aux come-rel
ʻWe will see you when you come.ʼ
Araki (Austronesian/Oceanic: Vanuatu; François 2002: 182)
(2) mo vari-a nunu
3sg.real take-3sg shadow
ʻHe took the photo
lo dani no-m̈am ta mo pa m̈is m̈audu ro.
loc day poss-1exc.pl dad 3sg.real seq still live prog
at the time our father was still aliveʼ
What I have found so far is that this construction seems to be very frequent in many African (e.g. Eton, Koyra Chiini, Jalkunan, Fongbe, etc) and Oceanic languages (e.g. Daakaka, Toqabaqita, 'Are'are, etc.). I was wondering if you are aware of:
1. any paper(s) that has explore this type of construction.
2. any languages that have this type of construction.
Any help will be appreciated!
Jesús Olguín Martínez
Ph.D. Student, Dept. of Linguistics
University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB)
Childs, G. Tucker. 1995. A Grammar of Kisi: A Southern Atlantic Language. Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton.
François, Alexandre. 2002. Araki: A Disappearing Language of Vanuatu. (Pacific Linguistics, 522.) Canberra: Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, Australian National University.
Thompson, Sandra, Longacre, Robert & Hwang, Shin. 2007. Adverbial Clauses. In Language Typology and Syntactic Description, Volume II: Complex Constructions, Timothy Shopen (ed.), 237-300. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
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