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LINGUIST List 23.3330

Tue Aug 07 2012

Books: Reflexive Marking in the History of French: Waltereit

Editor for this issue: Danniella Hornby <daniellalinguistlist.org>

Date: 02-Aug-2012
From: Paul Peranteau <paulbenjamins.com>
Subject: Reflexive Marking in the History of French: Waltereit
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Title: Reflexive Marking in the History of French
Series Title: Studies in Language Companion Series 127
Published: 2012
Publisher: John Benjamins
                http://www.benjamins.com/

Book URL: http://benjamins.com/catalog/slcs.127

Author: Richard Waltereit
Electronic: ISBN: 9789027273673 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 149.00
Electronic: ISBN: 9789027273673 Pages: Price: Europe EURO 99.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027205940 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 99.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027205940 Pages: Price: Europe EURO 104.94
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027205940 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 149.00
Abstract:

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.

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
                            Linguistic Theories
                            Semantics
                            Syntax

Subject Language(s): French (fra)

Written In: English (eng)

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