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As PP of reason
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The following elements can be used as relative pronouns of reason:

  • the neutral complementiser datthat
  • the interrogative pronoun of reason wêromwhy

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Nouns expressing reason are the natural antecedents for the relative pronoun of reason. The antecedent that is chiefly used is the noun redenreason. Relative clauses of reason can be introduced by the relative pronoun wêromwhy, which is homophonous with the question word, or by the neutral complementiser datthat. The relative pronoun wêromwhy can be followed by the complementiser asif:

Example 1

De reden wêrom as er ôfset is, jout er ek oan
the reason why if he left is gives he also to
He also indicates the reason why he left

The relative pronoun can also be followed by the reduced form of the complementiser, an alveolar plosive:

Example 2

Dat is de reden wêrom't de oerheid sa dreech te rissen is
that is the reason why.COMP the authorities so difficult to move is
That is the reason why the authorities can only be motivated to take action with great difficulty

This reduced form of the complementiser derives from datthat or from oftif, whether. Relative clauses can also be introduced by the neutral complementiser datthat:

Example 3

Dat is de reden dat de satan no sa beart
that is the reason that the Satan now so is.noisy
That is the reason that Satan is so noisy

Spoken language tends to prefer the use of free relatives. Free relatives of reason can only be introduced by wêromwhy, not by datthat:

Example 4

a. Dat is wêrom as de satan no sa beart
that is why if the Satan now so is.noisy
That is why Satan is so noisy
b. *Dat is dat de satan no sa beart
that is that the Satan now so is.noisy
That is the reason that Satan is so noisy
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