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Hi Laura,I hope you are well!This isn't a comment for this post, but I couldn't figure out how to email, so am communicating this way! I wondered if you could help me with a grammar question."I will show you what is behind the scarf"I want to say that although it is an example of subordination, 'what is behind my scarf' is not a relative clause, because 'what' is not a relative pronoun and does not refer to a noun in the previous clause.Would you agree?It's for an assignment - I'm analysing some child language data and just would like a second opinion on this if you wouldn't mind.Thanks so much for your time and sharing your knowledge!Amber (UK)
Hi Amber,You are correct. A relative clause is an embedded clause that modifies a head noun in the main clause. A relative clause is often, but not always, introduced by a relative pronoun. In your example sentence "what" is not a relative pronoun as it does not refer to a noun in the main clause; it would be considered a DP or an NP because it could be replaced by "a book" or "a flower" for example."I will show you, a book is behind the scarf."Hope this helps.I will soon be adding a link so that readers can submit questions.Good luck with your class.
Thank you so much!And a post for questions sounds like a great idea!
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