The Logical Structure of WH-Clauses

  • A. Ramsey
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We propose an analysis of the semantics of WH-clauses. Under the proposed treatment, the same analysis of WH-clauses explains how they can function as questions, as restrictive or attributive relative clauses, or as NPs. We thus avoid the need for different rules to account for the interpretation of such clauses in different circumstances. This is important both computationally, since it cuts down the size of the grammar and hence the time spent in syntactic analysis, and conceptually, since it shows the connection between the various uses of such clauses.


Relative Clause Property Theory Nominal Group Grammatical Rule Transitive Verb 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. Ramsey
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  1. 1.Department of Computer ScienceUniversity College DublinBelfield, Dublin 4Ireland

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