Which-hunting in Medieval England

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Abstract / Description of output

In many of the first English headed which-relatives, which has an NP complement. Using distributional tests grounded in contrasts revealed by research in formal semantics, we demonstrate that the presence of an NP complement forces a nonrestrictive interpretation of the relative, while ‘bare’ which-relatives may be restrictive or nonrestrictive. We situate this finding in relation to both the formal semantics of relative clauses, and the history of wh-relatives in English.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)326-349
JournalCanadian Journal of Linguistics
Issue number3
Early online date28 Jul 2020
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2020

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • relative clauses
  • middle english
  • discourse anaphora
  • wh-phrases
  • parsed corpora


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