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Re: Looking for interesting ways to handle relative clauses.

From:Henrik Theiling <theiling@...>
Date:Friday, October 22, 2004, 19:23

Sally Caves <scaves@...> writes:
>... > Heinrik wrote: > > > In Tyl Sjok you use the relative clause instead of the modified > > noun, so you 'embed' the relative clause into the matrix clause. > > The modified noun is found in the relative clause, where it is > > optionally marked to be modified. > > > > E.g.: > > Matrix clause: I like tea. = 'I like the tea.' > > Relative clause: you buy tea. = 'You bought tea.' > > Together: > > I like you buy tea. (unmarked referent) > > I like you buy REF tea. (marked referent) > > 'I like the tea that you bought.' > > This is lovely. How do you know that it doesn't mean "I like that you > bought tea?" How do you express that? Put the referent marking before > "buy"?
Exactly! :-) I like you REF buy tea. = ~'I like the buying of tea that you did.' I like REF you buy tea. = ~'I like you, who bought the tea.' Tyl Sjok is greatly underspecified wrt. what modifies what. **Henrik