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.
|Title of host publication||Dialectology Meets Typology|
|Subtitle of host publication||Dialect Grammar from a Cross-Linguistic Perspective|
|Number of pages||28|
|ISBN (Print)||3110179490, 9783110179491|
|State||Published - 1 Jan 2008|
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