March 24th, 2018

Newspaper syntax

Syntactic ambiguity due to omission of relative pronouns:

According to various Chinese websites, Mr Ding, said to be 20 years of age, claims to be a fourth-generation descendant of Ip Man, a master teacher of Wing Chun and a mentor of Hollywood star Bruce Lee.

Wow, so young, and yet claims to be a master teacher of Wing Chun and a mentor of Bruce Lee :-)

(By the way, what's the name of this syntactic pattern? Any particular kind of relative clause?)