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Other Embedded Clauses

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This chapter deals with several constructions in which a clause is structurally embedded within another clause. Two of these, the noun complement and the postpositional complement, function syntactically as modifiers of nominals and postpositions respectively. The other two, the embedded question complement and the nominalised complement, function as arguments of the verb. The construction described in the chapter involves a verbal complement which consists of a finite clause containing a content question word followed by the polarity question particle mo. Clauses with a verb in -le or -wa may also comprise a noun complement, an embedded clause which specifies and completes the meaning of a noun. Nominalised clauses in -le or -wa may also occur as the object of a postposition. Occasionally and with only a few matrix verbs, a nominalised clause may fill the entire argument slot of the matrix clause verb.

Keywords: embedded clause; embedded question complement; nominalised complement; noun complement; polarity question particle mo; postpositional complement



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