Voigtmann, Sophia

Informational aspects of the extraposition of relative clauses

Coniglio, Marco; de Bastiani, Chiara; Catasso, Nicholas (Ed.): Language Change at the Interfaces. Intrasentential and intersentential phenomena, 2022.

One reason why intertwined clauses are harder to perceive than their counterparts might be information structure (IS). The current idea is that speakers choose extraposition of new information to help the audience perceive their text and to distribute information evenly across a discourse (Levy and Jaeger 2007). The purpose of this paper is to verify the relation between IS and extraposition or
adjacency of relative clauses (RC).