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3.5 Modification of NP by relative clauses

Nouns can be modified by various means. A relative clause is one of the means used to modify nouns. An example is given below:

Sjuch dät junge Wucht deer, [dät man do wülde Dierte pries rakt].
see that youn girl.NTR there which.NTR one the wild animals price gave
Behold that young girl there, which is abandoned to the wild beasts.

The relative clause has been bracketed in the example above. It is introduced by the relative pronoun. In this example, the relative pronoun is dät ‘that’, the neuter relative pronoun. It has the same gender as the noun which it modifies: Wucht ‘girl’. This noun may also be referred to as the antecedent of the relative clause. The example makes it clear that the relative pronoun is sensitive to grammatical gender and not to biological sex. For literature on relative clauses, see: ###Literatuur###

Stephen Laker & Pyt Kramer (2023) Relativsätze im Saterfriesischen.


The relative pronoun may have the following syntactic functions in the relative clause: an argument of the verb, a prepositional complement, an adverbial or a possessor, as is discussed below:

Various kinds of relative clauses and their antecedents are discussed in more detail below. Those sections will deal with form, function, interpretation and various other aspects of the relative pronoun.

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