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Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Stephen A. Marlett


This thesis examines the structure of both finite and nonfinite relative clauses in Southern Uzbek. As such, it represents the first linguistic analysis of a topic in Southern Uzbek published in English. English research on Standard Uzbek establishes the existence of nonfinite relative clauses but does not examine them thoroughly, nor does it even sketch Standard Uzbek's uncommon finite relative clauses. In Southern Uzbek, finite relative clauses are more common than in Standard Uzbek. This research is based on texts collected from three men from Andkhuy, Afghanistan, and on elicited sentences.

A few characteristics of Southern Uzbek's relative clauses emerge which are unique cross-linguistically. Relativized nouns may be represented in finite relative clauses by their full lexical forms. There appear to be positional constraints for finite relative clauses depending on the grammatical relation of the head. In nonfinite relative clauses, subjects bear genitive case marking with relativized direct objects or relativized passive subjects.

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