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Pronominalization: A Standard Approach to Relativization

Pronominalization is the use of a pronoun instead of a noun. Relativization is when a noun or noun phrase in an embedded sentence is deleted or pronominalized (see Complementizers post). In the latter case, a resumptive pronoun, which is a co-referential noun phrase, is used as an alternative to relative clause formation.

  • He knew that the amount would be a hard thing for them to figure it out.
  • He steered clear of the danger that manifested itself as the individual’s wanting more credit than he or she could afford to repay it.
  • He was suddenly worried that he’d allowed their silence to have made the situation worse than he had calculated it.

SUMMARY/OBSERVATIONS: When a co-referential noun phrase appears inside another relative clause, it is not deleted but instead pronominalized.

Garie McIntosh
Garie McIntosh
Garie McIntosh considers himself a storytelling-communicator and a grammar enthusiast. He takes an academic approach to English to gain the technical know-how to develop and write literary fiction and perform different types of editing. This approach involves specializing in linguistic studies and narratology. Garie started out in administration in the fields of healthcare, project management, and database development. Fictional narrative has now been his passion for almost four years. How he likes to put it is that in his world storytelling is analogous to communication. His goal and purpose are to write fictional narrative with strong, authentic characters that are defined by strong writing and themes and reinforce the power of communication through writing and the academic study of English.

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