[Lingtyp] Discourse connectives that do not occur at clause edges

Wiemer, Bjoern wiemerb at uni-mainz.de
Mon Aug 9 08:45:35 UTC 2021

Dear Ponrawee,
does your request also concern clitics (e.g., 2P-enclitics, also known as Wackernagel clitics)? Your Thai example suggests that position is fixed regarding the syntactic function. But do you have in mind also cases in which some position is fixed simply in terms of linear sequence?


Von: Lingtyp [mailto:lingtyp-bounces at listserv.linguistlist.org] Im Auftrag von Ponrawee Prasertsom
Gesendet: Montag, 9. August 2021 08:00
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Betreff: [Lingtyp] Discourse connectives that do not occur at clause edges

Dear all,

Does anyone know of language(s) with a discourse connective (roughly defined as any word that relates two event arguments expressed as clauses) that

1. Has a dedicated (fixed) position in the clause
2. Does NOT occur clause-initial or -finally

The example I have in mind is Thai /kɔ̂ɔ/ and Lao /kaø/, which always occur after the subject. I'm also wondering how much this is specific to Southwestern Tai (or Kra-Dai more generally).

I appreciate every help. Thank you all in advance.

Best regards,

Ponrawee Prasertsom

Graduate student
Department of Linguistics
Chulalongkorn University
Ponrawee Prasertsom

Postgraduate student
MSc Evolution of Language and Cognition
Centre for Language Evolution
School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences
University of Edinburgh
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