Genitives NPs as Relative Clauses
|From:||Keith Gaughan <kmgaughan@...>|
|Date:||Thursday, November 15, 2001, 6:36|
In my (English) idiolect, it's not uncommon for me to use genitive
in the place of relative clauses. Example:
My idiolect: ...of my seeing...
`Normal English': ...that I see...
It's not something I always use, and I can't predict when I use it but I do. I
think there's parallel idioms in Irish, but I can't think of any like it off
the top of my head.
Ok, here's my question. I've been thinking of adapting this idiom for use in
Erëtas but I have doubts as to its scalability. Are there any other languages
that use similar constructions. Just for reference's sake, here's how I intend
on representing direct and indirect relative clauses:
Direct relative clause (`that I see'):
...of my seeing...
Indirect relative clauses (`that sees me'):
...with my seeing...
Thoughts? Could it work well?
Keith Gaughan <kmgaughan@...>
I can decide what I give / But it's not up to me / What I get given -=Bjork=-