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Tuesday, 30 October 2012

How To Distinguish Non-Defining From Defining Relative Clauses — From Below

In terms of how they are typically realised phonologically:
  • a non-defining (ranking) relative clause and the clause it hypotactically elaborates are each 'realised by a tone group, and each tone group selects the same tone' (Halliday & Matthiessen 2004: 396), whereas
  • a defining (embedded) relative clause does not 'form a separate tone group' (op cit: 429).

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