French Dislocation: Interpretation, Syntax, Acquisition by Cécile de Cat

By Cécile de Cat

The pervasive use of dislocations (as in Le chocolat, c'est bon) is a key attribute of spoken French. This booklet bargains numerous new and well-motivated insights, in accordance with checks performed by means of the writer, at the syntactic research, prosody, and the translation of dislocation in spoken French. It additionally considers vital elements of the purchase of dislocation by way of monolingual little ones studying assorted French dialects.

The writer argues that spoken French is a discourse-configurational language, within which issues are obligatorily dislocated. She develops a syntactically parsimonious account, which maximizes the import of interfaces concerned with discourse and prosody. She proposes transparent diagnostics, following a reexamination of the prestige of topic clitics and a reevaluation of the attribute prosody of dislocated materials. The theoretical arguments in the course of the ebook leisure on information that comes from
corpora of spontaneous creation and from a number of elitication experiments.

This e-book throws new mild on French syntax and prosody and makes a huge and unique contribution to the learn of linguistic interfaces. essentially expressed and tightly argued it's going to curiosity students and complicated scholars of French and of its acquisition as a primary language in addition to linguistic theorists attracted to the interfaces among syntax, discourse, and phonology.

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