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Thu 20 Apr 1995

Sum: Ergativity in French

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Date: Sun, 16 Apr 1995 14:34:25 Sum: Ergativity in French
From: Bert Peeters <>
Subject: Sum: Ergativity in French

A few days ago, I asked for pointers to recent literature on ergativity/
unaccusativity in French. I received bibliographical references from the
following, whom I hereby thank for their input:

Beth Levin
Jeffrey L. Lidz

Someone requested I also include in my summary complete references
to the material referred to in my query, which is what I have done. Those
I have not seen are preceded by an exclamation mark.

 Fauconnier, Gilles (1983). "Generalized Union". *Communication and
Cognition* 16. 3-37. Also in: *Problems in Syntax*, Liliane Tasmowski,
Dominique Willems, eds. New York: Plenum.
 Olie', Annie (1984). "L'hypothe`se de l'inaccusatif en franc,ais".
*Lingvisticae Investigationes* 8. 363-401.
 Ambrose, Jeanne (1987). *Syntaxe comparative du franc,ais et de
l'anglais*. Potomac: Scripta Humanistica (esp. chapters 5 and 11).
 Zribi-Hertz, Anne (1987). "La re'flexivite' ergative en franc,ais". *Le
franc,ais moderne* 55. 23-54.
 !Zubizarreta, Maria-Luisa (1987). *Levels of Representation in the
Lexicon and in the Syntax*. Dordrecht: Foris.
 !Legendre, Ge'raldine (1988). "Two Classes of Unergatives in French?"
*Proceedings of the 24th Meeting of the Chicago Linguistic Society*.
 Ruwet, Nicolas (1988). "Les verbes me'te'orologiques et l'hypothe`se
inaccusative". *Grammaire et histoire de la grammaire: hommage a` la
me'moire de Jean Ste'fanini* (Claire Blanche-Benveniste, Andre' Chervel,
Maurice Gross, eds). Aix-en-Provence: Universite' de Provence. 383-402.
 Legendre, Ge'raldine (1989a). "Unaccusativity in French". *Lingua* 79.
 Legendre, Ge'raldine (1989b). "Inversion with Certain French Experiencer
Verbs". *Language* 65. 752-782.
 !Herslund, Michael (1990). "Les verbes inaccusatifs comme proble`me
lexicographique". *Cahiers de lexicologie* 56-57. 35-44.
 !Labelle, Marie (1990). "Unaccusatives and Pseudo-Unaccusatives in
French". *Proceedings of the Northeastern Linguistics Society (NELS)*
20. 303-317.
 Lagae, Ve'ronique (1990). "Les caracte'ristiques aspectuelles de la
construction re'flexive ergative". *Travaux de Linguistique* 20. 23-42.
 Authier, Jean-Marc; Reed, Lisa (1991). "Ergative Predicates and Dative
Cliticization in French Causatives". *Linguistic Inquiry* 22. 197-205.
 Legendre, Ge'raldine; Miyata, Yoshiro; Smolensky, Paul (1991).
"Unifying Syntactic and Semantic Approaches to Unaccusativity: A
Connectionist Approach". *Proceedings of the Seventeenth Annual
Meeting of the Berkeley Linguistics Society* (Laurel A. Sutton, Christopher
Johnson, Ruth Shields, eds). 156-167.
 Ruwet, Nicolas (1991). *Syntax and Human Experience*. Chicago:
Chicago University Press (ch. 4: "Weather Verbs and the Unaccusativity
Hypothesis", orig. 1989; updated translation of Ruwet 1988).
 Labelle, Marie (1992). "Change of State and Valency". *Journal of
Linguistics* 28. 375-414.
 Herschensohn, Julia (1993). "A Postfunctionalist Perspective on French
Psych Unaccusatives". *Linguistic Perspectives on the Romance
Languages* (William J. Ashby, Marianne Mithun, Giorgio Perissinotto,
Eduardo Raposo, eds). Amsterdam: John Benjamins. 237-247.
 Kayne, Richard S. (1993) "Toward a Modular Theory of Auxiliary
Selection". *Studia Linguistica* 47. 3-31.
 Sorace, Antonella (1993). "Unaccusativity and Auxiliary Choice in Non-
Native Grammars of Italian and French: Asymmetries and Predictable
Indeterminacy". *Journal of French Language Studies* 3. 71-93.
 !Cornips, L.; Hulk, Aafke (1994). "Ergative Reflexives in Heerlen Dutch
and French". Unpublished ms., University of Amsterdam.
 !Hulk, Aafke and L. Cornips (1995) "Re'flexifs aspectuels," to appear in
Nash and Tsoulas, eds., *Langues et Grammaire*.
Dr Bert Peeters
Department of Modern Languages (French)
University of Tasmania
GPO Box 252C Tel. (002) 202344 +61 02 202344
Hobart TAS 7001 Fax. (002) 207813 +61 02 207813
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