Arabic relative clauses in HPSG




In HPSG relative clauses have been analyzed in terms of phonologically empty heads in Pollard and Sag (1994) and in terms of a complex system of phrase types in Sag (1997). Modern Standard Arabic has a distinction between relative clauses with a definite antecedent, which are introduced by a special complementizer, and relative clauses with an indefinite antecedent, which are ‘bare’ clauses. Analyses eschewing empty heads and assuming a complex system of phrase types face a number of problems. An analysis in which relatives with an indefinite antecedent are headed by a phonologically empty complementizer is more satisfactory. Thus, in the case of Arabic, the approach of Pollard and Sag (1994) seems preferable to the approach of Sag (1997).


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Alqurashi, Abdulrahman & Borsley, Robert D. 2012. Arabic relative clauses in HPSG. Proceedings of the 19th International Conference on Head-Driven Phrase Structure Grammar 26–44. (doi:10.21248/hpsg.2012.2) ( (Accessed June 19, 2024.)