Glossary of Linguistic Terms

External Relative Clause


An external relative clause is a relative clause whose head noun phrase is outside the relative clause.


This type of relative clause is a modifier of a separately stated head noun. It does not take the place of the head noun, as does an internal relative clause.



In the following construction, the head noun phrase every student is outside the relative clause:

  • Every student whom Mary advised
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    External-headed relative clause