[Lingtyp] VOS languages and clausal complement extraposition

Dryer, Matthew dryer at buffalo.edu
Thu Jan 11 02:36:49 UTC 2018


I discuss a number of VOS languages of this sort in

Dryer, Matthew S. 1980. The Positional Tendencies of Sentential Noun Phrases in Universal Grammar. Canadian Journal of Linguistics 25: 123-195.

which can be downloaded from http://www.acsu.buffalo.edu/~dryer/DryerSententialNPs1980.pdf

Matthew Dryer

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Date: Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at 6:19 PM
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Subject: [Lingtyp] VOS languages and clausal complement extraposition

Dear all,

It is my understanding that clausal complements (in particular, objects) often like to be at the end of the matrix clause. For example, in Turkic languages, which often have basic SOV order, some clausal objects must be extraposed; similarly in Persian, etc (Noonan, 2007).

Are there examples of V-initial (VOS) languages disallowing clausal objects in sentence-medial position? I've come across mentions of it, for instance that some Mayan languages do that (Aissen, 1992), but I am having a hard time finding clear IGT examples in descriptive grammars.

Would anyone be able to point me to such a source?

Thank you,
Olga Zamaraeva
Ph.D. student
Department of Linguistics
University of Washington
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