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Headless Relative Clauses in Mesoamerican Languages

Ivano Caponigro, Harold Torrence, and Roberto Zavala Maldonado


This volume presents the collective work of a team of twenty-one scholars who have investigated headless relative clauses in fifteen languages from five language families—all Mesoamerican but one. Headless relative clauses have received little attention in the linguistic literature, despite the many morpho-syntactic and semantic puzzles they raise within and across languages and for our understanding of human language in general. Headless relative clauses have been even more neglected in the study of Mesoamerican languages. This volume constitutes the first in-depth, systematic study of headle ... More

Keywords: Mesoamerican language, Chibchan language, headless relative clause, free relative clause, light-headed relative clause, headed relative clause, wh-expression, interrogative clause, existential, determiner

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9780197518373
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2021 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780197518373.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ivano Caponigro, editor
Associate Professor of Linguistics, University of California San Diego

Harold Torrence, editor
Associate Professor of Linguistics, University of California, Los Angeles

Roberto Zavala Maldonado, editor
Professor of Linguistics, CIESAS in San Cristobal de Las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico

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