Noun-Modifying Clause Constructions in Languages of Eurasia

Rethinking theoretical and geographical boundaries

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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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Table of Contents
Noun-modifying clause constructions in languages of Eurasia: Rethinking theoretical and geographical boundaries
Yoshiko Matsumoto, Bernard Comrie and Peter Sells
General noun-modifying clause constructions in Japanese
Yoshiko Matsumoto
The attributive versus final distinction and the manifestation of “main clause phenomena” in Japanese and Korean noun modifying clause constructions
Kaoru Horie
Noun-modifying constructions in Korean
Shin-Sook Kim and Peter Sells
Noun-modifying clause constructions in Sino-Tibetan languages
Randy J. LaPolla
Noun-modifying clauses in Cantonese
Stephen Matthews and Virginia Yip
General noun-modifying clause constructions in Hinuq and Bezhta, with a note on other Daghestanian languages
Bernard Comrie, Diana Forker and Zaira Khalilova
The general noun-modifying clause construction in Tundra Nenets and its possible origin
Irina Nikolaeva
Noun-modifying constructions and relativization in the central and western Caucasus
Johanna Nichols
Noun-modifying clause constructions in Ainu
Anna Bugaeva
Turkish and Turkic complex noun phrase constructions
Jaklin Kornfilt and Nadezhda Vinokurova
Noun-modifying constructions in Marathi
Peter Edwin Hook and Prashant Pardeshi
Bernard Comrie, Peter Sells and Yoshiko Matsumoto
Examples to explore in noun-modifying constructions
Relative clauses and noun-modifying clauses in Chantyal
Michael Noonan
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
BIC Subject: CFK – Grammar, syntax
BISAC Subject: LAN009060 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Syntax
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2016042020