The Accessibility Hierarchy in Relativisation : The Case of Eighteenth-and Twentieth-Century Written English Narrative

@inproceedings{Hogbin2007TheAH,
  title={The Accessibility Hierarchy in Relativisation : The Case of Eighteenth-and Twentieth-Century Written English Narrative},
  author={Elizabeth Jane Hogbin and Jae Jung Song},
  year={2007}
}
This article aims to test Keenan and Comrie’s (1977) Accessibility Hierarchy, together with Fox’s (1987) Absolutive Hypothesis, on the basis of eighteenth- and twentiethcentury written English narrative data. While the patterns of relativisation differ very little across the two centuries, relativisation on intransitive subject (S-RCs) and on direct object (DO-RCs) occurs more frequently than relativisation on transitive subject (A-RCs) and on oblique (OBL-RCs). Moreover, OBL-RCs outnumber A… CONTINUE READING

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