Remarks on Adsentential, Adnominal, and Extraposed Relative Clauses in Hindi

  • James D. McCawley
Part of the Studies in Natural Language and Linguistic Theory book series (SNLT, volume 61)

The analysis of Hindi relative clauses presented in Srivastav (1991), if various gaps in it are filled in a straightforward way, has several implications not noted by Srivastav: it implies that the relative expression in the correlative construction should allow N’s of arbitrary syntactic and semantic complexity while the resumptive expression should allow only simple N’s and only a limited selection of them; that adnominal and extraposed relative clauses can be stacked while adsentential relative clauses cannot; that non-restrictive relatives do not conform to Srivastav’s generalizations about the internal structure of adnominal relatives; and that iterated extraposition and long-distance extraposition of relatives should be possible. These implications are correct, but in less than the full generality implied by the most pristine version of the relevant assumptions.


Relative Clause Semantic Type Coordinate Structure Main Clause Complement Clause 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • James D. McCawley
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  1. 1.University of ChicagoChicagpUSA

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