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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 24, 2020

Extraposition is an expletive construction

Pronoun it is the subject According to John Lawler, extraposition “seems to work to keep subject complement clauses from assuming the normal subject position preceding the […]