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.
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