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A word that introduces a clause, especially a subordinate clause, such as the word that in I believe that they have eaten lunch.


(Grammar) generative grammar a word or morpheme that serves to introduce a complement clause or a reduced form of such a clause, as that in I wish that he would leave


(ˈkɒm plə mənˌtaɪ zər)

(in generative grammar) an element or elements marking a complement clause, as that in We thought that you forgot or for … to in For you to come here would be silly.
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So far, so straightforward for the parser, but what follows introduces another internal phrase (this time marked by the complementiser that) and much repetition: another question, three bes, and two puts, the whole eventuality possibly driving the parser into a bottleneck.
Now, the structure is likewise ungrammatical if the complementiser if, which is typically analysed as such C head, is used instead of whether, a situation that would be justified (see Radford 1997: 301) through resort to the presence of a null operator in Spec, CP--note (23).
As far as complementation is concerned, Aleppo Domari makes use of the Arabic complementiser inno, as shown in (36a).
Thus one might say that, in English, sentence types with at least one of (a) rising intonation; (b) AUX moved into initial complementiser position; or (c) appropriate do-insertion has interrogatival force.
to be Some verbs in non-finite clauses may drop the complementiser to plus the following copula be (Dixon 2005: 53, 251- 254).
The presence or absence of the complementiser in an embedded clause such as (I) often goes unnoticed and seems not to have any semantic or syntactic consequences.
Relative clauses often contain an expression called a "complementiser", such as "that" or "which":