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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 <i>passé surcomposé</i> sous la loupe
Author: Marc Wilmet
Institution: Université Libre de Bruxelles
Linguistic Field: Morphology
Subject Language: French
Abstract: Comment s'effectue la surcomposition d'un verbe français? Réponse: non pas en composant l'auxiliaire, ainsi qu'on l'affirme généralement, mais en composant l'auxilié. Combien existe-t-il alors de formes surcomposées avec avoir ou être? Réponse: autant que de formes composées moins une, soit neuf. La plus courante de ces formes est le passé surcomposé. Défini en termes de temps: présent bisantérieur, et en termes d'aspect: sécant bisextensif, il est schématisable sur la ligne du temps par le tracé ABCD (où A désigne le repère de l'actualité, B l'auxiliaire de surcomposition, C l'auxiliaire de composition, D l'auxilié). Ses emplois se ventilent en quatre types selon que la relation bijective D↔C↔B est saisie en D, en C (saisie par l'arrière de la relation D↔C et saisie par l'avant de la relation C↔B) ou en B.


This article appears in Journal of French Language Studies Vol. 19, Issue 3, which you can read on Cambridge's site or on LINGUIST .

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