LINGUIST List 17.2946

Sun Oct 08 2006

Qs: Interrogative and Relative Pronouns; Glottal Stops and Codas

Editor for this issue: Kevin Burrows <>

Directory         1.    Janet Fodor, Interrogative and Relative Pronouns
        2.    Mark Donohue, Glottal Stops and Codas

Message 1: Interrogative and Relative Pronouns
Date: 05-Oct-2006
From: Janet Fodor <>
Subject: Interrogative and Relative Pronouns

We would like information, from as many languages as possible, about therelationship between interrogative and relative pronouns. Particularly wewish to know whether or not these are historically, morphologically and/orphonologically related. (Our ultimate interest is whether learners mightmistake one for the other, with consequent complications for syntaxacquisition.)

We emphasize that languages where the two are unrelated are as of muchinterest to us as those in which they are related.

Thanks to all who can contribute data on this.

Linguistic Field(s): Morphology                             Typology
Message 2: Glottal Stops and Codas
Date: 05-Oct-2006
From: Mark Donohue <>
Subject: Glottal Stops and Codas

Dear all,

Glottal stops in north Australian languages are phonotactically constrainedto only appear in codas; some languages of adjacent Indonesia with glottalstops either show restrictions on their position (Sawu/Hawu: glottal stopscannot begin words) or evidence for repositioning (Palu'e: glottal stopscannot begin a word, and vowels preceding a medial glottal stop showclosed-syllable allophones.

Does anyone know of anything addressing the position in which glottal stopsmay appear? I'm not talking about initial epenthetic glottal stops inlanguages such as Tagalog, but underlying segments that appear to disfavouronset realisations.

-Mark DonohueMonash University

Linguistic Field(s): Phonology