Analysing complement clauses

Author : Kees Hengeveld

Publication date : 2008

Bibliographical references :

RMA-UvA 2008-2009 seminar Perspectives on Universals I


"[T]he questionnaire is meant to lead to a description of the full range of expression formats used for complement clauses in the language. In order to arrive at comparable descriptions of the systems of complementation of all languages studied, a unified set of classifying parameters will be used". (Hengeveld, 2008: 2)

Protocol summary

This questionnaire gives at first explanations about the different parameters one can observe when investigating complement clauses (direct and indirect speech, finite and non-finite constructions, superordinate and subordinate mood,  verbal and nominal non-finite forms). From this explanatory list, linguists are asked to "list all possible complement clause types [...] [and to] provide examples of these complement clause types". (Hengeveld, 2008: 5).
Then, they will be asked to specify :
" 1. The complement clause type by means of which it can be realized.
2. If does (1) not apply, or does not apply uniquely, the complementation stategy that is used as an alternative.
3. An example sentence with a morpheme translation illustrating this use of the complement clause type or the complementation strategy. " (Hengeveld, 2008: 6)

Development context

This questionnaire was firstly used for the RMA-UvA 2008-2009 seminar "Perspectives on Universals".

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