I am doing clause analysis for a corpus and am not sure how to determine the clauses for the following type of sentence:

The kind of woman that makes people remember Marylin Monroe.

I suppose it should read like:

(she is) the kind of woman that makes people remember Marylin Monroe.

But do I analyze the sentence as if 'she is' weren't ellipted? I am also pretty lost on the causative 'make someone do something' (in terms of clause breakdown).

I would appreciate any and all help, thank you in advance!

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First of all,

  • The kind of woman that makes people remember Marilyn Monroe.

is not a sentence; it's a noun phrase. As Tom Robbins once put it, This sentence no verb.
If it occurs in a corpus, its context will tell you what's been deleted, if anything.

Second, the basic rule for clauses is that every non-auxiliary verb defines a clause. Thus,
if there are two verbs in an utterance, as here, there are two clauses.
(Neither one is a main clause, because this utterance is not a sentence.)

The bracketing would be something like

    [np the kind of woman np]
      [s [np that/who np] [vp makes [np
        [s [np people np] [vp remember [np Marilyn Monroe np] vp] s]

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