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Re: USAGE: Garden paths

From:John Cowan <jcowan@...>
Date:Monday, August 21, 2000, 20:25
J Matthew Pearson wrote:

> > 2) I need to see the papers which he filed without reading them. > > > > The "them" in 2 seems clearly an ungrammatical resumptive pronoun, whereas > > the "them" in 1 seems merely pleonastic. > > "Them" is not a resumptive pronoun in (2), as there's a real gap (after "filed") > corresponding to the wh-word "which". But perhaps it 'feels' a bit like a > resumptive pronoun, hence my wish to leave it out.
Well, call it resumptive or not, it's plainly ungrammatical in the same (surface-level) way that resumptive pronouns are. -- Schlingt dreifach einen Kreis um dies! || John Cowan <jcowan@...> Schliesst euer Aug vor heiliger Schau, || Denn er genoss vom Honig-Tau, || Und trank die Milch vom Paradies. -- Coleridge (tr. Politzer)