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What are the features of relative clauses in which the head nouns refer to non-argument entities? 
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The head nouns may explicitly or implicitly also refer to entities situated in the non-argument position of a relative clause. When it refers to a non-argument explicitly, a pronominal element must be placed after a preposition. 

For instance, in the relative clauses 我替他畫畫的人 (w˘o t`ı t¯a hu`a hu`a de r´en/ The person, for whom I draw a picture) and 他看書的圖書館 (t¯a z`ai n`a-l˘ı k`an sh¯u de t´ush¯ugu˘an/ The library where he read), the head nouns   (r´en/ person) and 圖書館 (t´ush¯ugu˘an/ library) are co-referential to the benefactive   (t¯a/ he) and the locative 那裡 (n`a-l˘ı/ there) , respectively.

However,  when a relative clause does not contain a prepositional phrase, it is implied that the head noun is co-referential to a non-argument that is empty in the relative clause.

For example, in the relative clause 他看書的圖書館 (w˘o t¯a k`an sh¯u de t´ush¯ugu˘an/ the library where he read), a non-argument such as a locative phrase 在圖書館 (z`ai t´ush¯ugu˘an/ in the library)  is implied in the relative clause.

Reference: Chinese: a linguistic introduction by Chao Fen Sun

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