[Lingtyp] Corpus studies of relativization

David Gil gil at shh.mpg.de
Mon Jun 4 09:44:31 UTC 2018

There have been corpus studies of relativization in Jakarta Indonesian 
making use of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology 
Jakarta Field Station corpus.  A link to one reference is provided 
below.  (There may be other references, but I'm currently with a bad 
internet connection and am unable to search.)


On 04/06/2018 10:58, Johanna NICHOLS wrote:
> 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.
> Thanks,
> Johanna Nichols
> for the Language Convergence Laboratory, Higher School of Economics, 
> Moscow
> References:
> Fox, Barbara.  1987.  The noun phrase accessibility hierarchy 
> reinterpreted: Subject primary or the absolutive hypothesis?  Language 
> 63:4.856-870.
> Fox, Barbara, and Sandra A. Thompson.  1990.  A discourse explanation 
> of the grammar of relative clauses in English conversation. /Language/ 
> 66:2.297-316.
> 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/ 47:50-68.
> 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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David Gil

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