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The correlative configuration in Polish
← 382 | 383 →Joanna Pietraszko
University of Chicago
This study is an investigation of the correlative construction in Polish. It provides syntactic evidence suggesting that correlative clauses in this language should be analyzed as topicalized free relatives. This type of analysis lends support to the movement approach to correlatives, emphasizing the structural relationship of the preposed relative clause and some position inside the matrix clause.
The correlative construction can be thought of as a relativization strategy attested in a variety of languages (e.g. Hungarian, Hindi and Slavic languages). Two most basic descriptive properties of correlatives are presented in (1) and exemplified with Hindi (2) and Polish (3). I will refer to the embedded clause as the free relative (FR) and the whole sentence as the correlative construction.
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