Relative pronoun pied-piping in English non-restrictive relatives
Michael Yoshitaka Erlewine, Hadas Kotek
September 2015

We investigate the structure and interpretation of non-restrictive relative clauses in English, concentrating in particular on evidence from the interpretation of relative pronoun pied-piping. We propose that in non-restrictive relatives, relative pronouns are interpreted in-situ within the pied-piped constituent at LF, using Rooth-Hamblin alternative computation. The proposal here has the consequence that non-restrictive relatives are fundamentally proposition-denoting in contrast to restrictive relatives which are property-denoting. We discuss some implications of this proposal.
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keywords: non-restrictive relative clause, relative pronoun, pied-piping, intervention effects, alternative semantics, semantics
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