Ling 131: Language & Style
Topic 7 (session A) - The grammar of complex sentences > More on nesting > Task B
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|Complex SPOCA self test|
|Topic 7 'tool' summary|
More on nesting
Task B - indirectly nested clauses (i) - relative clauses (RCls)
We have now seen that Noun clauses, Adverbial clauses and Prepositional clauses can all be directly nested (embedded) inside main clauses (i.e. comprise a whole SPOCA element within the main clause). We also need to take account of the fact that clauses can be indirectly nested inside main clauses. By 'indirect nesting' we mean that the nested clauses do not form a whole SPOCA element, but are part of (i.e. nested inside) a phrase which forms an entire SPOCA element.
Compare the three sentences below. Which of them contain a nested clause, where exactly are they nested, and what is their function? When you have made up your mind, compare your thoughts with ours.
1. The professor with the bow tie is a bit silly
2. The professor wearing the bow tie is a bit silly
3. The bow tie wearing professor is a bit silly