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Title: Infinitive and Gerund
Paper URL: http://halshs.ccsd.cnrs.fr/docs/00/08/73/03/PDF/INFINITIF_ET_GERONDIF.pdf
Author: Frédéric Torterat
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Homepage: http://torterat-frederic-perso.wifeo.com
Institution: Université de Nice
Linguistic Field: Syntax
Subject Language: French
Abstract: This short note deals with specific cases of gerundive and infinitive forms in French, with a few cross-references to English, and Spanish to a lesser extent. As academic paper, this contribution briefly tries to exemplify why envisaging both gerundive and infinitive as modalities constitutes a sort of misunderstanding. On the one hand, specifications of person and tense, where verbs or phrasal verbs are concerned, appear undefinite or even undetermined. On the other hand, these constituents are in many cases supported by other (main) predicates, which attract them and reveal their occurrences as second events. To our thinking, such constraints give evidence for another type of repartition in verb categories.
Type: Individual Paper
Status: Completed
Publication Info: MS
URL: http://halshs.ccsd.cnrs.fr/docs/00/08/73/03/PDF/INFINITIF_ET_GERONDIF.pdf


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