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Title: Reflexive Marking in the History of French
Written By: Richard Waltereit
Series Title: Studies in Language Companion Series 127

While French reflexive clitics have been widely studied, other forms of expressing co-reference within the clause have not received much attention. This monograph offers a diachronic study of the wider system of clause-mate co-reference in French, including the stressed pronouns, their suffixed form '{soi/lui/elle}-même', and also the intensifier use of the latter. Its empirical backbone is a corpus analysis of the gradual replacement of stressed reflexive 'soi' with the personal pronoun 'lui/elle' from Old to Modern French. Apart from offering insights into the history of the language, this is important for current issues in theoretical linguistics, in particular binding, specificity, and the interaction of grammar and discourse. Within a cognitive-semantic framework, a number of analyses will help elucidate some long-standing puzzles in the study of French reflexives, while contributing to the wider theory of reflexivity and related issues. This book is of interest to the fields of French linguistics, semantics, discourse studies, and historical linguistics.

Publication Year: 2012
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Linguistic Theories
Subject Language(s): French
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Format: Hardback
ISBN-13: 9789027205940
Prices: U.S. $ 149.00
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Europe EURO 104.94
Format: Electronic
ISBN-13: 9789027273673
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