20.2825, Books: Syntax: de Cat

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Subject: French Dislocation: de Cat
 

	
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Title: French Dislocation 
Subtitle: Interpretation, Syntax, Acquisition 
Series Title: Oxford Studies in Theoretical Linguistics  

Publication Year: 2009 
Publisher: Oxford University Press
	   http://www.oup.com/us
	
Author: C├ęcile de Cat

Paperback: ISBN: 019923048X 9780199230488 Pages: 320 Price: U.S. $ 45.95


Abstract:

The pervasive use of dislocations (as in "Le chocolat c'est bon") is a key
characteristic of spoken French. This book offers various new and
well-motivated insights, based on tests conducted by the author, on the
syntactic analysis, prosody, and the interpretation of dislocation in
spoken French. It is also considers important aspects of the acquisition of
dislocation by monolingual children learning French dialects.

The author argues that spoken French is a discourse-configurational
language, in which topics are obligatorily dislocated. She develops a
syntactically parsimonious account, which maximizes the import of
interfaces involved with discourse and prosody. She proposes clear
diagnostics, following a re-examination of the status of subject clitics
and a reevaluation of the characteristics prosody of dislocated
constituents. The theoretical arguments throughout the book rest on data
that comes from corpora of spontaneous production and from various
elitication experiments.

This book throws light on French syntax and makes important and original
contributions to the study of linguistic interfaces. Clearly expressed and
tightly argued, it will interest scholars and advanced students of French
and of its acquisition as a first language as well as linguistic theorists
interested in the interfaces between syntax, discourse, and phonology. 



Linguistic Field(s): Syntax

Subject Language(s): French (fra)


Written In: English  (eng)
	
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