Typology, dialectology and the structure of complementation in Romani

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Romani relies on finite integration of clauses. In complement clauses, it shows a split between factual and non-factual clauses. Early Romani - the ancestor of present-day Romani dialects - had undergone extensive convergence with the languages of the Balkans prior to the dispersion of the dialects, and the Balkan legacy is still apparent in the split between a factual and a non-factual complementiser. The paper introduces the elicitation methodology of the Romani Morphosyntactic (RMS) Database, and discusses how it can be applied to a crossdialectal interpretation of hierarchies and conceptual spaces representing complementation in the language.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDialectology Meets Typology
Subtitle of host publicationDialect Grammar from a Cross-Linguistic Perspective
PublisherDe Gruyter
Number of pages28
ISBN (Electronic)9783110197327
ISBN (Print)3110179490, 9783110179491
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2008
Externally publishedYes

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Arts and Humanities
  • General Social Sciences


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