Are Gapless Relative Clauses (GRC) really complement clauses?
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AbstractThis paper will argue that Gapless Relative Clauses (GRC) are not complement clauses, but Relative Clauses licensed by a covert semantic variable. Almost all the arguments for the complement clause analysis of GRC, as presented in Huang (2016), could be argued to be evidences not necessarily against the relative clause analysis of GRC with the help of the following relative clause (RC) hierarchy: Argument RC > Adjunct RC > GRC, if one assumes that the more to the left is easier to be recovered than the ones to the right, and the less recoverable ones should be closer to the head noun. The paper will show that the gapless requirement on complement clauses should be changed to the following: no syntactic or semantic gap in the clause that is related to the head noun, in addition to a condition on the relationship between the clause in question and the head noun.
All Author(s) ListPan Haihua
Name of ConferenceThe 8th International Conference on Formal Linguistics
Start Date of Conference23/11/2018
End Date of Conference25/11/2018
Place of ConferenceZhejiang
Country/Region of ConferenceChina

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