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The Triangular Clause Relationship in Aelfric's Lives of Saints and in other Works

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Ruth Waterhouse

The triangular clause relationship not previously studied in detail comprises two subordinate clauses relating back to one head clause. Because of the comparative tightness of such a relationship, preferred patterns and possible influencing factors of the clause order can be discerned in AElfric's Lives of Saints, which then provides a basis for comparative studies of other works using the same or a similar source, showing that the use of the triangu- lar clause relationship is a stylistic marker of some considerable interest.
Contents: Theory of triangular clause relationships and associated problems - Data of the patterns within the triangular clause structure in AElfric's Lives of Saints - Comparison of AElfric's use with that of other writers.