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.
- Conference website: https://hpsg2022.github.io/
- Shene’s disseration: https://publikationen.ub.uni-frankfurt.de/frontdoor/index/index/docId/61371