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How to avoid those unnecessary pronouns

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PRONOMINALIZATION (using a pronoun instead of a noun) is a standard approach to RELATIVIZATION

Complementizers include WH- words and expletives that, if, and whether, all of which can be used to form subject or object relative clauses.

In the following examples, the rule of ordinary relative clause formation is such that the complementizer (bolded) is identical to the noun in the matrix noun phrase (italicized). As a result of this rule acting upon the relative clause, the last word, which has been pronominalized, is to be deleted because it is unnecessary.

The head-initialized antecedent (bolded), which is a complementizer and the syntactic head of a full clause, is an object of the embedded clause (underlined):

  • “It’s really an important public health strategy that we have people thinking about it.” (an appositive clause)
  • “Yes, and I think that it’s something that—I had to find a way to understand it as an adult.” (an appositive clause)

SUMMARY/OBSERVATIONS: Pronominalization (using a pronoun instead of a noun) is a standard approach to relativization, whereby a noun or noun phrase in an embedded sentence is deleted or pronominalized.

Garie McIntosh
Garie McIntosh
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