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Dr. Tim Thornes Publishes Chapter on Relative Clauses in Indigenous Languages

Dr. Tim Thornes, professor of linguistics, contributed a chapter to the newly published two-volume work ‘The Languages and Linguistics of Indigenous North America.’ The chapter, titled ‘Clause Combining: Relative Clauses,’ surveys the grammar of relative clauses—a complex syntactic phenomenon—in a representative sample of indigenous languages and language families of North America. In it, he explores the traditional parameters of variation defined for well-studied ‘standard average European’ languages to assess the extent to which they apply in this unique and richly diverse linguistic landscape.

The Languages and Linguistics of Indigenous North America book cover