If the special committee for political reform at the Assembly disagrees on the proposal, which calls for cooperation to hammer out a final map, it is put to a vote at a plenary session.

I'm not sure what 'which calls for cooperation to hammer out a final map' modifies in this sentence. Is it the special committee or the Assembly? It depends on the context or can you determine it by just grammar or syntax?

  • In a case like this ("The X does Y, which Z") I can't think of a context in which the "which" wouldn't refer to the last thing. "The dog eats the biscuit, which is big and red" - the biscuit is big and red, not the dog. In fact, anything else looks very wrong. "The company makes a new product, which is 100 years old"?!?!
    – stangdon
    Oct 29, 2015 at 16:26

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I think it modifies the proposal that to be discussed at the assembly by the special committee.

  • The subjective of verb "calls for" can be the proposal? I thought people usually call for something. Oct 23, 2015 at 8:31
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    that proposal's purpose is to urge cooperation to hammer out a final map. Oct 23, 2015 at 8:35
  • I think @sotondolphin is right.
    – Usernew
    Oct 23, 2015 at 8:56
  • How did you come to your conclusion? Did you determine it by context or syntax? I'm not saying you're wrong - I just think this would be a better answer if it explained why you think that's the correct answer.
    – ColleenV
    Oct 29, 2015 at 19:52

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