Complementizer (definition)

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Complementizers are particles that introduce embedded clauses. In English these include that, if and whether. In Gaelic, gu, nach, ma and some forms of a are all complementizers. In traditional grammars these are sometimes called "subordinators" or "subordinating conjunctions".

  • gun
  • gur
  • nach
  • a (relative)
  • ged a "although", takes relative future.
  • far a "where"
  • gus a "until"
  • anns a bheil "in which"

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  • Matthews, P. H. (1997) The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Linguistics. Oxford: Oxford University Press.