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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: Les constructions préverbales du français et du néerlandais: typologie et grammaticalisation
Author: Kristel Van Goethem
Institution: Université Catholique de Louvain
Linguistic Field: Syntax; Typology
Subject Language: Dutch
Abstract: Dans notre étude, nous présenterons en premier lieu une typologie des verbes français et néerlandais introduits par un préverbe de forme prépositionnelle. Cette typologie comporte quatre grandes classes de constructions préverbales: les constructions relationnelles où le préverbe est toujours proche de son pendant prépositionnel ou postpositionnel (p.ex. ), les constructions adverbiales prédicatives où le préverbe (néerlandais) est issu d'un adverbe prédicatif (p.ex. /son argent sur-faire/ ‘dépenser son argent’), les constructions préfixales où le préverbe se comporte comme un vrai préfixe (p.ex. ) et les constructions lexicalisées. Dans un deuxième temps, nous montrerons que les constructions préverbales distinguées peuvent être situées sur une échelle de grammaticalisation.


This article appears in Journal of French Language Studies Vol. 18, Issue 2, which you can read on Cambridge's site or on LINGUIST .

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