[Lingtyp] Corpus studies of relativization

Maria Polinsky mpolinsk at gmail.com
Mon Jun 4 10:53:45 UTC 2018

here are some studies we have done:

On Avar:

Polinsky, M; Gomez-Gallo, C; Graff, P; and Kravtchenko, E. 2012. Subject
preference and ergativity
Lingua. 122: 267-277

On Mayan:

Clemens, LE; Coon, J; Mateo, Pedro P; Morgan, AM; Polinsky, M; Tandet, G;
and Wagers M. 2015. Ergativity and the complexity of extraction: A view
from Mayan.
 Natural Language and Linguistic Theory 33: 417-467.

General discussion:
Longenbaugh, N and Polinsky, M. 2017. Experimental approaches to ergative
<http://scholar.harvard.edu/files/mpolinsky/files/oup_chapter.pdf>  In: The
Oxford Handbook of Ergativity (eds. Jessica Coon, Diane Massam, and Lisa
Travis). Oxford: Oxford University Press.

One of these papers also reports the counts for Basque from Carreiras et
al. (2010).

Maria Polinsky

On Mon, Jun 4, 2018 at 3:58 AM, Johanna NICHOLS <johanna at berkeley.edu>

> 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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