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Re: a request.

From:Christophe Grandsire <christophe.grandsire@...>
Date:Tuesday, January 18, 2000, 8:15
At 16:20 16/01/00 -0600, you wrote:
>âllo, all... > >i'v been piddling about with my new lang, here, (while i should have been >doing my syntax assignment, alas) and i was wondering how yous do relative >clauses in your langs, as i'm currently looking for ideas. >
Moten has a SOV structure, so relative clauses are formed by putting a clause in front of the antecedent. The verb of the subclause is marked by a suffix (-s) however (the same suffix is used with completive subclauses). The antecedent is generally not marked in the subclause, just like in Japanese. The construction is pretty much the same in Azak (with a suffix on the verb of the subclause), but as the syntax is VSO, the subclause follows the antecedent instead of preceeding it. Finally, in Chasmäöcho (VSO morphology with possibility of incorporating the object into the verb) the relative clause follows directly the antecedent. The antecedent is then marked in construct state, is mandatorily showed in the subclause via the "pro-stem" 'int' (used also in standard clauses to recall a topicalized noun (pushed in front of the verb) in its normal place in the sentence. Finally, the subclause is ended by the particle 'ae' /aj/. In my new project, I've not yet worked on subclauses, but I know that they will work all on nominalization, so it will be the same for relative subclauses. Christophe Grandsire |Sela Jemufan Atlinan C.G. "Reality is just another point of view." homepage :