Relative clauses and CP nominalization in Ndebele
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I argue that embedded clauses in Ndebele (Bantu, Zimbabwe) are nominalized — they project a DP shell. I provide syntactic and morphophonological evidence for DP shell in verb-complement clauses, noun-complement clauses and relative clauses in Ndebele. The DP-shell hypothesis is further shown to explain i) an asymmetry between verb- and noun-complement clauses, and ii) a similarity between noun-complement clauses and relative clauses. Unlike verb-attached clauses, noun-attached clauses are introduced by a functional head: the linker “a”. The linking structure of relative clauses additionally derives the apparently idiosyncratic paradigm of relative agreement prefixes from regular phonological rules.
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|keywords:||clause nominalization, relative clauses, syntax, morphology, phonology, bantu, ndebele|