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Re-diagnosing Appositivity : Evidence for Prenominal Appositives from Mandarin

  title={Re-diagnosing Appositivity : Evidence for Prenominal Appositives from Mandarin},
  author={Carissa Abrego-Collier and Arum Kang and Martina Martinovi and C. Nguyen},
This paper comes at the typological question by way of a language-internal question. How does the positioning of a Mandarin relative clause relate to the options for its interpretation? I argue that Mandarin has prenominal appositive relatives, and that these occur in the post-demonstrative position within the nominal. This finding is remarkable given claims by Potts (2003), Del Gobbo (2005) and De Vries (2006) that prenominal appositives do not exist, and indicates the need to reassess… Expand
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