By Rudy Loock
This publication sheds new gentle on Appositive Relative Clauses (ARCs), a constitution that's often studied from a simply syntactic viewpoint, towards Determinative (or Restrictive) Relative Clauses (DRCs). during this quantity, ARCs are tested from a discourse/pragmatic perspective, independently of DRCs, so as to offer a good definition of the constitution. After a presentation of the morphosyntactic, semantic and pragmatic features of ARCs, a taxonomy in their services in discourse is verified for either written and spoken English according to the result of a corpus-based research. Constraints are then outlined inside an information-packaging method of syntactic constructions to teach why audio system select ARCs over different competing allostructures, i.e. syntactic constructions that fulfil comparable discourse features (e.g. nominal appositives, self sufficient clauses, adverbials, noun premodifiers, topicalization). the outcome is a deeper realizing of the richness of ARCs of their usual contexts of use.
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