LINGUIST List 14.1440

Tue May 20 2003

Qs: Hindi Aspect; Prenominal Adjectives

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  1. Srija Sinha, Aspect in Hindi
  2. Dimitris Ntelitheos, Prenominal Adjectives with Complements

Message 1: Aspect in Hindi

Date: Mon, 19 May 2003 06:07:57 +0000
From: Srija Sinha <>
Subject: Aspect in Hindi

Dear All, I am looking for any recent work done on Hindi aspect, in
current frameworks/models, something which takes into account or uses
a model which can potentially take into account all levels of
aspectual interpretation in Hindi, and also how they interface. The
analyses that I have come across so far provide valuable insights into
Hindi aspect but they usually tend to focus on any one feature, or
level of aspectual interpretation, and posit broad categories in which
'types' of aspect are fitted in. However, my own initial study shows
that a lot of sentences in standard contemporary Hindi would resist
fitting in such traditional accounts. a range of factors appear to
contribute to aspectual interpretation in Hindi, and the
interpretation cannot be attributed solely to any one morpheme or set
of morphemes in the verbal complex. I have however read v.little so
far. I would be very grateful if I could get some pointers, concerning
any recent publications on Hindi aspect, which shed some light on what
I am trying to look for and what I have vaguely tried to describe

My email:,
Thanks v. much, Srija.

Subject-Language: Hindi; Code: HND 
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Message 2: Prenominal Adjectives with Complements

Date: Mon, 19 May 2003 13:54:26 +0000
From: Dimitris Ntelitheos <>
Subject: Prenominal Adjectives with Complements

Dear List Members,

I am currently working on the distribution of prepositional and
clausal complements in adjectival phrases. It seems that there is a
restriction on prenominal adjectives in English in that they do not
take prepositional or clausal complements:

* The proud of his son father.

Other languages (i.e. German) allow for prenominal adjectives to take
complements but these appear to the left of the adjectival head. As
far as I know, Greek and Bulgarian are the only languages that allow
for prenominal adjectives to have post-head complements (example from

O perifanos jia tin kori tu pateras
the proud for the daughter his father

I would be grateful if you could point me towards other languages that
show this pattern (or its mirror image), and related papers and/or
grammars that contain relevant data.

I will post a summary of the answers I receive.

Dimitris Ntelitheos 
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