Hebrew relative clauses in HPSG

Nathan Vaillette
2001 Proceedings of the International Conference on Head-Driven Phrase Structure Grammar  
One kind of relative clause in Modern Hebrew is formed with a gap, as in (1a). However, in certain situations, the gap can be replaced by a resumptive pronoun, as in (1b): (1a) ha-yeled she ra'iti the-boy that saw-1.SG (b) ha-yeled she ra'iti 'otoi the-boy that saw-1.SG himi 'the boy that I saw' Some previous approaches, such as (Borer 1984) and (Sells 1984), have treated gaps and resumptives with different mechanisms. This paper examines several properties that Hebrew resumptive pronouns share
more » ... with gaps, motivating a more unified treatment in HPSG using non-local feature propagation for both. This machinery is then used in the analysis a variety of Hebrew relative clause phenomena, including in situ resumptive pronouns, fronted resumptive pronouns, relative clauses lacking a complementizer, bare gap relatives, and subject-verb inversion. References Borer, Hagit (1984). "Restrictive relative clauses in Modern Hebrew." Natural Language and Linguistic Theory 2:219-260. Sells, Peter (1984). Syntax and Semantics of Resumptive Pronouns. Ph.D. Thesis, UMass Amherst.
doi:10.21248/hpsg.2000.18 fatcat:ol6mbhtxzrc2dje4xcpd76ws44