Saturday, 2 February 2013

Hypotactic Elaboration: Finite Non-Defining Relative Clause

Halliday & Matthiessen (2004: 400):
If the secondary clause is finite, it has the same form as a defining relative clause of the WH- type, which is embedded as a Qualifier in a nominal group. … As far as the meaning is concerned, these clauses do not define subsets, in the way that a defining relative clause does. … A non-defining relative clause, on the other hand, adds a further characterisation of something that is already taken to be fully specific.