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Syntax and Semantics of English Non-restrictive Relative Clause Constructions

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Authors
Pak, SooRan
Issue Date
2008
Publisher
Department of English Language and Literature, Seoul National University
Citation
SNU Working Papers in English Linguistics and Language, Vol.7, pp. 44-76
Keywords
English relative clausenon-restrictive relative clauserestrictive relative clauseparentheticalsHPSG
Abstract
Previous studies do not agree with the exact nature of NRCs(non-restrictive relative clauses, e.g. The teacher has rich sons, who are doctors) on the syntactic and semantic perspectives. The foal of this thesis is to illustrate that an NRC is a modifier syntactically, and that at the same time, in terms of semantics, and NRC behaves differently fromm the other normal restrictive modifiers. NRCs are more like parentheticals in the semantic point of view. I will show how to merge these conflicting syntactic and semantic behaviors of NRCs into one and a single feature structure of the grammar in the framework of HPSG by revising the present system. Moreover, I capture the conjunctive behavior of NRCs and make it possible to apply the new system into other kinds of parentheticals such as comment clauses.
Language
English
URI
http://hdl.handle.net/10371/2056
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