Successfully Looking for Syntax in Mehweb Dargwa Relative Clause Constructions

Posted: 11 Dec 2015 Last revised: 5 Apr 2018

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Yury Lander

National Research University Higher School of Economics

Аlexandra Kozhukhar

National Research University Higher School of Economics (Moscow), Students

Date Written: December 10, 2015

Abstract

East Caucasian relative clause constructions (RCCs) are thought by some to be constructed mainly on the basis of semantic and pragmatic information and not to elaborate on the syntax of the relative clause. In this paper, we consider RCCs in one of the East Caucasian languages, namely Mehweb Dargwa, and argue that, despite the fact that its RCCs can be organized on a semantic basis, their functioning can also rely on syntactic information. In particular, we present evidence that Mehweb Dargwa has grammaticalized the resumptive use of reflexive pronouns, which can be contrasted with other uses of reflexive pronouns due to the restrictions on animate antecedents observed only in RCCs.

Keywords: Daghestan, East Caucasian, Dargwa, Mehweb Dargwa, relative clause constructions, relativization, resumptive pronoun

JEL Classification: Z19

Suggested Citation

Lander, Yury and Kozhukhar, Аlexandra, Successfully Looking for Syntax in Mehweb Dargwa Relative Clause Constructions (December 10, 2015). Higher School of Economics Research Paper No. WP BRP 34/LNG/2015, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2701817 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2701817

Yury Lander

National Research University Higher School of Economics ( email )

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Moscow, Moscow 119017
Russia

Аlexandra Kozhukhar (Contact Author)

National Research University Higher School of Economics (Moscow), Students ( email )

Moscow
Russia

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