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Selected preposition + finite clause
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An R-pronoun usually doubles a finite clause functioning as a prepositional complement.

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The following minimal pair makes it clear that a finite clause must be doubled by an anticipatory R-pronoun:

Example 1

a. *Ik hope op dat ik de trein helje soe
I hoped on that I the train catch would
I hoped that I would catch the train
b. Ik hope derop dat ik de trein helje soe
I hoped R.on that I the train catch would
I hoped that I would catch the train

In the grammatical example, the clause is doubled by the R-pronoun derop, which functions as the complement of the preposition selected by the verb. The combination of R-pronoun and preposition can in many cases be left out, as in the following example:

Example 2

Ik hope dat ik de trein helje soe
I hoped that I the train catch would
I hoped that I would catch the train

However, the combination of preposition and finite clause is grammatical without an anticipatory R-pronoun only in case the verb selecting the preposition is factive. In the examples above, the non-factive verb hoopjehope was used. In the examples below, factive verbs have been used:

Example 3

a. Hy krimmenearde oer dat it libben sa djoer wie
he complained about that the life so expensive was
He complained about life being so expensive
b. Ik hie myn nocht fan dat it alle dagen reinde
I had my end.of.fun of that it all days rained
I had enough of it raining every day

The combination of preposition and clause may be preposed:

Example 4

Op dat it fjoerwurk ôfstutsen wurdt, wol ik net wachtsje
on that the firework lit is want I not wait
I do not want to wait for the moment that the firework is lit

Extraction from a clause following a preposition is not grammatical:

Example 5

*Wat krimmenearde er oer dat sa djoer wie
what complained he about that so expensive was
What did he complain about being so expensive?

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More details can be found in Hoekstra (1991).

References:
  • Hoekstra, Jarich1991Ferhâldingswurd en dat-sinFriesch Dagblad07-12Taalsnipels 209
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