Datapoint Cherokee / Prenominal relative clauses

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  1. Ksenia Shagal Says:

    I just checked, and here is what Cook (1979) says on page 156:
    With respect to the ususally invoked indicators of underlying word order, Cherokee behaves like a verb-first (SVO or VSO), rather than verb-last (SOV) language. That is to say, Cherokee gaps verbs right, has the conjunction preceding the last member of a conjoined sequence and puts relative clauses after their nouns.

  2. Matthew S Dryer Says:

    While both Scancarelli (1986: 228) and Pulte and Feeling (1975: 353) say that both orders of noun and relative clause in Cherokee are possible, the statement by Cook (1979: 156) and the majority of examples in all the sources I have examined do indeed suggest that NRel is more common, so Cherokee should be coded as NRel.

    Pulte, William and Durbin Feeling. 1975. Outline of Cherokee grammar. In Feeling, Durbin (ed.), Cherokee-English dictionary Tsalagi-Yonega Didehlogwasdohdi, 235-355. [Talequah]: Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma.

    Scancarelli, Janine. 1986. Pragmatic roles in Cherokee Grammar. Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Berkeley Linguistics Society 12. 224-234.

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