Persian free relatives


  • Mehran A. Taghvaipour University of Essex



Free relatives (FRs) in Persian are Unbounded Dependency Constructions, containing gaps or resumptive pronouns (RPs). In some positions only gaps are allowed, and in some other positions only RPs. The structure of Persian FRs is bipartite, containing two constituents: a phrasal part and a sentential. Persian FRs are sensitive to the matching effect and show distinct properties from noun phrases, ordinary relative clauses, and interrogative complements. This paper proposes a unified HPSG account which assumes that the phrasal part of a FR is the head and the filler at the same time. The propped approach is presented in two versions (with and without traces) and can take care of the dependency between the gap or the RP and the licencing constituent with a truly single mechanism.


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Taghvaipour, Mehran A. 2005. Persian free relatives. Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Head-Driven Phrase Structure Grammar 364–374. (doi:10.21248/hpsg.2005.21) ( (Accessed July 13, 2024.)