Noun-Modifying Clause Constructions in Languages of Eurasia

Rethinking theoretical and geographical boundaries

ORCID logoYoshiko Matsumoto | Stanford University
ORCID logoBernard Comrie | University of California at Santa Barbara
Peter Sells | University of York
ISBN 9789027206978 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
ISBN 9789027266132 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
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This volume presents a cross-linguistic investigation of clausal noun-modifying constructions in genetically varied languages of Eurasia. Contrary to a common premise that, in any language, adnominal clauses that share some features of relative clauses constitute a structurally distinct construction, some languages of Eurasia exhibit a General Noun-Modifying Clause Construction (GNMCC) -- a single construction covering a wide range of semantic relations between the head noun and the clause. Through in-depth examination of naturally-occurring and elicited data from Ainu, languages of the Caucasus (e.g. Ingush, Georgian, Bezhta, Hinuq), Japanese, Korean, Marathi, Nenets, Sino-Tibetan languages (e.g. Cantonese, Mandarin, Rawang), and Turkic languages (e.g. Turkish, Sakha), the chapters discuss whether or not the language in question exhibits a GNMCC and the range of noun modification covered by such a construction. The findings afford us new facts, new theoretical perspectives and the first step toward a more global assessment of the possibilities for GNMCCs.
[Typological Studies in Language, 116] 2017.  vi, 381 pp.
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“Most investigations of noun modifying constructions have focused on relative clauses in widely spoken languages. The new volume by Matsumoto, Comrie and Sells looks at these constructions from a broader perspective. Not only do the authors of the studies in the volume include a broad variety of noun modifying constructions, but the range of languages is much greater than most previous studies. The authors of the individual chapters are the leading experts on the languages under consideration, and the range of languages spans both Europe and Asia. This is a book that will be valuable for both typologically oriented linguists and for theoreticians who wish to test their theoretical perspective against a wider range of languages and constructions.”
“A novel and interesting research question has been clearly delineated within a coherent theoretical
framework and been operationalized in a common methodology to enable a group of
international specialists to apply it to the languages of an area. The close cooperation of the
contributors has produced comparable results which enrich the descriptive basis of the languages
concerned, allow the formulation of typological and areal connections and constitute a
valuable contribution to theories of grammar and pragmatics. This book will be of high relevance
to specialists in several fields of linguistics, including syntax, pragmatics, description of
Eurasian languages and linguistic typology.”
“This book offers a dazzling array of data from various languages of Eurasia, brings together different theoretical approaches, and challenges many of the existing assumptions about clauses that can modify nouns. This work will undoubtedly stimulate new research on adnominal clausal modifiers.”
“This volume breaks new ground in capturing the dynamics of a key feature of many Eurasian languages and brings together an impressive array of in-depth studies that chart fine-grained variations on a common theme.”
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CFK: Grammar, syntax

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LAN009060: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Syntax
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