It is much easier to recognize that the main clause contains an embedded relative clause when we insert the relative pronoun
(syntactic cue) that:
Similarly in both the Gloria and the Agnus Dei the personal pronoun you is used instead of the proper English equivalent of the Latin qui, who, a relative pronoun
to introduce a subordinate clause.
Comparable in some ways is Beowulf 2022-3a, quoted by Mitchell, where the relative clause tha ic Freaware fletsittende nemnan hyrde ('whom I heard those sitting in hall name Freawaru') has as its antecedent dohtor, 'daughter', two lines earlier; but whereas there the antecedent is sufficiently identified by agreement in gender between dohtor and the relative pronoun
tha, both feminine, in Juliana 719b the test of gender agreement cannot be used because the poet employs the genderless relative particle the.
To take another of Blank's own examples, the masculine singular definite article [GREEK TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] originally had the form [GREEK TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII] but lost its initial [GREEK TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII], and then its final [GREEK TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII], to avoid confusion with the relative pronoun
[GREEK TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII]; in this way the appearance of incongruity is avoided (synt.
as subject + verb = sentence fragment
In Ndongo Ibara (2009), it has been argued that the interrogative pronouns are different from the relative pronoun
hence the latter are [-Wh].
76 we read: "Suffixed to a verb, the indefinite particle functions like a relative pronoun
, showing that the subject of the subordinate verb is the same as that of the main verb (comparable to U.
Rather, it is used in lieu of the Standard English possessive form of the relative pronoun
That is, we accept the view that the agreement between the relative pronoun
and its antecedent is taken to be index-based, rather than morphosyntactic.
As an example of its inconsistency, consider such terms as "verbal," "expletive," "conjunctive adverb," and "relative pronoun
," all of which you will find in any school grammar.
pronoun--word used in place of a noun or to indicate an amount; see also personal pronoun, possessive pronoun, relative pronoun
, reflexive pronoun, demonstrative pronoun, interrogative pronoun