This paper draws a parallel between verbs selecting phrasal complements or adjuncts and nouns followed by Relative clauses (RCs), referring in particular to German. According to Meinunger (2000) a restrictive relative clause (RRC) attached to a noun and a sentential complement of a factive verb are both sister complement phrases (CPs) of lexical heads. This paper aims at providing evidence of the fact that a RRC and its head are linked by a head-complement-relationship while a non-restrictive relative clause (NRRC) can be seen as an adjunction to its head. NRRCs merge with maximal projection late in the derivation of the associated clause rather than being selected by a lexical head during the construction of the matrix clause. This paper presents evidence for this difference, such as the parallelism with Haegeman (2002–2008)’s dichotomy between central and peripheral clauses.
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