Relative clause structures in the Rawang language

  • This paper discusses the types of relative clause and noun complement structures found in the Rawang language, a Tibeto-Burman language of northern Myanmar, as well as their origin and uses, with data taken mainly from naturally occurring texts. Two types are preposed relative clauses, but in one the relative clause is nominalized, and in the other it is not. The non-nominalized form with a general head led to the development of nominalizing suffixes and one type of nominalized relative clause structure. As the nominalized form is a nominal itself, it can be postposed to the head in an appositional structure. There is also discussion of the Rawang structures in the context of Tibeto-Burman and the development of relative clause structures in the language family.

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Author:Randy J. LaPolla
Parent Title (German):Language and Linguistics 9.4. (special issue on relative clause structures edited by Henry Y. Chang)
Document Type:Article
Date of Publication (online):2010/07/13
Year of first Publication:2009
Publishing Institution:Universit├Ątsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg
Release Date:2010/07/13
GND Keyword:Nungisch; Sinotibetische Sprachen; Tibetobirmanische Sprachen
Page Number:16
First Page:797
Last Page:812
Source: ; (in:) Language and Linguistics 9.4. (special issue on relative clause structures edited by Henry Y. Chang), 2008, S. 797-812
Dewey Decimal Classification:4 Sprache / 40 Sprache / 400 Sprache
Linguistik-Klassifikation:Linguistik-Klassifikation: Syntax
Licence (German):License LogoDeutsches Urheberrecht