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Relativisation in Wobzi Khroskyabs and the integration of genitivisation

Abstract : This paper focuses on the morphosyntax as well as the semantics of relativisation in Wobzi Khroskyabs, a Rgyalrongic language spoken in Sichuan, China. Different strategies of relativisation are presented, especially the nominalisation strategy. Wobzi Khroskyabs exhibits an innovative relativisation strategy with the genitive marker =ji, which is rarely found in other Rgyalrongic languages. Several hypotheses are put forward to account for the evolutionary pathway from genitivisation to relativisation, showing that genitive =ji probably followed an ergative pattern to enter the relativisation of core arguments.
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yunfan Lai. Relativisation in Wobzi Khroskyabs and the integration of genitivisation. Linguistics of the Tibeto-Burman Area, Dept. of Linguistics, University of California, In press. ⟨halshs-01907013⟩



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