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Psychology and Public Media

Reanalysis of Gapless Relative Clause


Siyuan Cao * 1

1 School of Foreign Studies, Nanjing University

Corresponding Author

Siyuan Cao


gapless relative clause, relative clause, Mandarin Chinese, appositive clause


This paper compares the two most common analyses of gapless relative clause such as Zhangsan tan gangqin de shengyin (literally, ‘the sound of Zhangsan’s playing the piano’) in Mandarin Chinese. Such construction is analyzed to hold either a noun-complement relation [1, 2] or a predicate-subject relation [3] between the Head noun and its gapless relative clause. This paper rather rejects both analyses by collecting and analyzing more data of gapless relative clause, regular relative clause and appositive clause, suggesting such gapless relative construction to be independently existent from the other two constructions.


Siyuan Cao. Reanalysis of Gapless Relative Clause. LNEP (2021) LNEP ICEIPI 2021: 35-45. DOI: 10.54254/lnep.iceipi.2021159.


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