7 Order of relative clause and noun

This feature is described more fully in chapter 7.


As in WALS feature 90 (by Matthew S. Dryer), we define a relative clause as a clause that helps narrow the reference of a noun (the head) and in which the referent of the noun head has a semantic role. This feature is concerned with the order of ordinary attributive relative clauses, and with some special subtypes of relative clauses:

Internally headed relative clauses are not adjacent to the notional head, but contain it inside them.

The head of a correlative relative clause occurs inside the relative clause together with a relative marker and is taken up by a resumptive demonstrative-like element in the main clause.

An adjoined relative clause is one which does not occur adjacent to the head noun and is not specially marked as relative clause.


Martin Haspelmath, Susanne Maria Michaelis and the APiCS Consortium


Relative clause follows noun64872
Relative clause precedes noun235
Internally-headed relative clause011
Correlative relative clause123
Adjoined relative clause033

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