Types of Embedded Clauses Functioning as Postmodifiers/Qualifiers: Multiple Embedding
Language, Culture, and Civilization - New Roads to Success, pp. 123-127, Bucuresti: Politehnica, 2010
6 Pages Posted: 9 Jun 2016
Date Written: 2010
Embedded Clauses can suffer several modifications in the structure of a complex sentence. They can function as postmodifiers or qualifiers, subjects or complements. In this paper we are concerned with the types of embedded clauses that can function as post-modifiers/ qualifiers, meaning that they are part of the nominal group inside another clause. This transformation is known in systemic terminology as rankshift because, in terms of the rank scale, an item of one rank (clause) is used as the whole or part of an item of a lower rank (group). The most common types of clauses that can function as postmodifiers or qualifiers are: defining relative clause, contact clauses, relatives with prepositions and non-finite relative clauses. The final part of the paper discusses the multiple embedding the clauses can undergo.
Keywords: Embedded Clauses, Postmodifiers, Multiple Embedding, Rankshift
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