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Re: Creative ways to form relative clauses?

From:Jim Henry <jimhenry1973@...>
Date:Wednesday, December 24, 2008, 0:31
On Sat, Dec 20, 2008 at 10:22 AM, caeruleancentaur
<caeruleancentaur@...> wrote:

> Senjecas is SOV. It is my understanding that in this type of language > all modifiers are placed before what is modified; it also uses > postpositions. I'm sorry I can't quote my source(s), there have been
That's the tendency, although there are a fair number of exceptions. It seems there are a lot more SOV languages with relative clause following the noun than there are VSO languages with the relative clause preceding the noun; maybe there is a tendency to put heavy modifiers after their heads which reinforces the head-modifier tendency in VSO languages but counteracts the modifier-head tendency in SOV languages, with respect to heavy modifiers like genitive phrases and relative clauses. -- Jim Henry