View table of contents for this book View table of contents for LinguaLinksLibrary Go to LinguaLinks home page
 

What is an external relative clause?

 

Definition
 

An external relative clause is a relative clause whose head noun phrase is outside the relative clause.

 
Also known as:

External-headed relative clause

Discussion
 

This type of relative clause is a modifier of a separately stated head noun. It does not take the place of the head noun, as does an internal relative clause.

Example (English)
 
  • In the following construction, the head noun phrase every student is outside the relative clause:

  • Every student whom Mary advised
  • Generic
      An external relative clause is a kind of
     
    Source
     

    Keenan 1985 143


    Context for this page:

    Go to SIL home page This page is an extract from the LinguaLinks Library, Version 5.0 published on CD-ROM by SIL International, 2003. [Ordering information.]

    Page content last modified: 5 January 2004

    © 2004 SIL International