[Lingtyp] Languages that lack syntactic self-embedding

Kilu von Prince watasenia at gmail.com
Thu Apr 23 07:08:42 UTC 2020

Dear all,

I'm trying to get an overview of languages that have been described as
lacking (certain types of) syntactic embedding, such as Teiwa, Kayardild or

In particular, I'm interested in languages that do not allow for (certain
types of) subordinate clauses. Evidence for lack of iterated possessive NPs
(Mary's mother's house) or PPs (the pen on the book on the desk) would also
be of interest to me.

Feel free to send me your references and examples directly, I promise to
compile a summary of all informative responses and post it to the list.

All the best,
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