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"Buenos dias", "buenas noches" -- this was the first words in a foreign language I heard in my life, as a three-year old boy growing up in developing post-war Western Germany, where the first gastarbeiters had arrived from Spain. Fascinated by the strange sounds, I tried to get to know some more languages, the only opportunity being TV courses of English and French -- there was no foreign language education for pre-teen school children in Germany yet in those days. Read more

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Title: Le détachement d'objets indirects antéposés dans des énoncés à sujet inversé
Author: Catherine Fuchs
Institution: Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique
Linguistic Field: Text/Corpus Linguistics
Subject Language: French
Abstract: L’étude porte sur les compléments en à et de placés à l'initiale d'un énoncé comportant une inversion du sujet nominal. Elle vise à comprendre pourquoi ces compléments sont parfois détachés à l'aide d'une virgule. L'observation de corpus textuels conduit à considérer que la présence ou l'absence de virgule signale deux constructions distinctes: dans la perspective théorique des approches macro-syntaxiques de l’énoncé en termes de ‘noyau’ / ‘affixes’, le complément initial suivi d'une virgule est analysé comme un préfixe détaché co-indexé au terme (vide) de départ du noyau, alors que dans la construction sans virgule le complément initial est intégré au noyau dont il occupe la première position. A cette différence syntaxique correspond une différence dans le mode de structuration informationnelle de l’énoncé (proposition catégorique ayant le complément pour thème et le noyau pour rhème et/ou focus vs. proposition thétique), qui elle-même induit deux types différents de stratégies discursives.


This article appears in Journal of French Language Studies Vol. 23, Issue 2, which you can read on Cambridge's site or on LINGUIST .

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