[Lingtyp] Corpus studies of relativization

Johanna NICHOLS johanna at berkeley.edu
Mon Jun 4 07:58:21 UTC 2018

We are looking for corpus studies of relativization in adult speech that
report frequencies of relativization on different arguments.  There seem to
have been few since Fox 1987, most on English (some references below).  Can
anyone refer us to other work?  Especially needed are languages with gap
strategies and languages with ergativity, but all references appreciated.
We'll summarize.


Johanna Nichols
for the Language Convergence Laboratory, Higher School of Economics, Moscow


Fox, Barbara.  1987.  The noun phrase accessibility hierarchy
reinterpreted: Subject primary or the absolutive hypothesis?  Language
Fox, Barbara, and Sandra A. Thompson.  1990.  A discourse explanation of
the grammar of relative clauses in English conversation.  *Language*
Haspelmath, Martin.  1994.  Passive participles across languages.  Barbara
A. Fox and Paul J. Hopper, eds., Voice: Form and function, 151-178.
Amsterdam: Benjamins.
Heider, Paul M., Jeruen E. Dery, and Douglas Roland.  2014.  The processing
of *it* object relative clauses: Evidence against a fine-grained frequency
account.  *Journal of Memory and Language* 75.58-76.
Mak, Willem M., Wietske Vonk, and Herbert Schriefers.  2002.  The influence
of animacy on relative clause processing.  *Journal of Memory and Language*
Reali, Florencia, and Morten H. Christensen.  2007.  Processing of relative
clauses is made easier by frequency of occurrence.  *Journal of Memory and
Language *57:1.1-23.
Roland, Douglas, Frederic Dick, and Jeffrey L. Elman.  2007.  Frequency of
basic English grammtical structures: A corpus analysis.  *Journal of Memory
and Language* 57:3.348-379.
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