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April 20, 2020

How to avoid those unnecessary pronouns (i.e., “it”)

Relativization is a process whereby a noun or noun phrase in an embedded sentence is deleted. A relativizer is the relative pronoun that, who/whom or which, […]
April 20, 2020

How to do away with the pronoun “it”

Pronominalization is the use of a pronoun instead of a noun. Pronominalization is appropriate where “a noun or noun phrase in an embedded sentence is . . . identical […]
April 20, 2020

Parsing for complementizers that have filler-gap dependencies

In the following examples, each modifying clause “contains a ‘gap,’ while the head noun is interpreted as the thing which fills this gap, making the sentence […]
April 20, 2020

Pied-piping

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