Article published in:Europe and the Mediterranean as Linguistic Areas: Convergencies from a historical and typological perspective
Edited by Paolo Ramat and Elisa Roma
[Studies in Language Companion Series 88] 2007
► pp. 245–288
Relativisation strategies in insular Celtic languages
History and contacts with English
In the first part of this paper I provide a description of the major relativisation patterns found in the Celtic languages of the British Isles, examining the distribution of relative markers both from a typological and from a diachronic point of view. In the second part Old and Early Middle English relativisation markers are chronologically ordered and compared to the Celtic patterns. While Celtic influence on English has been claimed for gapping and preposition stranding, the data indicate other outcomes of early contact, namely the constraint against an agreeing relative marker after an agreeing determiner on the antecedent noun, and the resumptive strategy with obliques. Finally general conclusions on the direction and typology of borrowing are drawn.
Published online: 13 July 2007
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Sánchez Argüelles, Gerardo
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