Root clause

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Root clause is a main clause which is not embedded. In verb second languages root clauses differ from embedded clauses in that the finite verb is in second position.


Utrecht Lexicon of Linguistics


  • Besten, H.den 1989. Studies in West Germanic Syntax, Diss KUB, Rodopi, Amsterdam.
  • Emonds, J. 1976. A Transformational Approach to English Syntax. Root, Structure-Preserving and Local Transformations, Academic Press, New York.