“Interest in ideology in children's literature arises from a belief that children's literary texts are culturally formative, and of massive importance educationally, intellectually, and socially. Perhaps more than any other texts, they reflect society as it wishes to be, as it wishes to be seen, and as it unconsciously reveals itself to be, at least to writers.”

  • source; ‘Language and Control in Children's Literature’ by Murray Knowles, Kirsten Malmkjaer

When I guess the function of the ‘as’ in the underlined part above, I think there might be two possibilities as follows;

(1) One is a subordinating conjunction but one problem in this parse is that there is no complement after ‘be’. Can I think an indefinite pronoun such as ‘something’ is left out? (2) The other is a quasi relative pronoun like ‘than’, which fills the gap of a complement after ‘be’.

While I’m inclined to (1), which parse would be correct?

Would appreciate your responses.

1 Answer 1


It is a subordinating conjunction and is used to describe the fact that sb/sth has a particular function and complement after ‘be’ was left out.

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