Wednesday, 6 February 2013

Non-Finite Non-Defining Relative Clause: Subject

Halliday & Matthiessen (2004: 404):
In such cases, there may be an explicit Subject in the dependent clause … But in most cases of non-finite elaboration, the Subject is left implicit, to be presupposed from the primary clause; and it is often difficult to identify it exactly … it is precisely the function of the non-finite to make it unnecessary to decide: the absence of the subject decreases the arguability of the clause.