The goal of this paper is to investigate the ambiguity of sentences like (1):
(1) At the party, I saw three boys who I know and one girl.
On one interpretation, I propose (1) has the following structure:
(2) At the party, I saw three boys who I know and one girl <who I know>
The angled brackets <…> indicate that the enclosed string is present syntactically but not pronounced. I will call the process by which the relative clause in (2) is not pronounced relative clause deletion.
Collins, Chris. 2015. Relative Clause Deletion. In Ángel J. Gallego and Dennis Ott (eds.). 50 Years Later: Reflections on Chomsky’s Aspects. Vol. 77 of MIT Working Papers in Linguistics, 57-69. Cambridge, MA: MITWPL.