Hiwa, Shene & Manfred on non-wh relatives at HPSG 2022

Hiwa Asadpour, Shene Hassan & Manfred Sailer will present a joint paper on “Non-wh relatives in English and Kurdish: Constraints on grammar and use” at this year’s HPSG conference.

Non-wh relatives can be bare or introduced by a function word (that/ka) in English and Kurdish. While both versions are possible in many cases, there are grammar-internal, regional, and prescriptive contraints at work as well.

The paper takes as its starting point the data and the analysis in Shene’s dissertation on non-restrictive relatives in English and Kurdish. The authors propose a rather permissive grammatical description and add constraints on the use as contextual restrictions à la Green 1994.


Hassan, Shene. 2021. Syntactic and semantic aspects of  supplementary relative clauses in English and Sōrānī Kurdish. Goethe University, Frankfurt a.M. URL: https://publikationen.ub.uni-frankfurt.de/frontdoor/index/index/docId/61371

Green, Georgia M. 1994. The structure of CONTEXT.
Studies in the Linguistic Sciences 24(1/2). 215–232.