The Interclausal Relations Hierarchy in Q'eqchi'-Maya


The interclausal relations hierarchy describes the systematic correlations that exist between the semantic structure of complement-taking predicates and the morphosyntactic structure of their complements. In particular, the closer the semantic relation between the narrated events denoted by a predicate and its complement, the more the morphosyntactic encoding of the predicate-complement construction appears as a single clause. In this article, I describe the grammatical categories and complement types of verbal predicates in Q'eqchi'. I use these categories and complements to order predicate-complement constructions according to the degree to which their morphosyntactic expression looks like a single clause. I use this ordering to deduce a variety of covert semantic classes in Q'eqchi'. And I compare these Q'eqchi'-specific classes of complement-taking predicates to the cross-linguistic expression of the interclausal relations hierarchy as theorized by Role and Reference Grammar.


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