24.2097, Disc: French Terminer de + inf. in Discourse

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Subject: 24.2097, Disc: French Terminer de + inf. in Discourse

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Date: Fri, 17 May 2013 10:43:47
From: Nicole Huang [huangyan959 at hotmail.com]
Subject: French Terminer de + inf. in Discourse

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I am doing  research for my master project on different aspectual restrictions
imposed by aspectual verbs that express the end in French (finir 'finish',
cesser 'cease', arrêter 'stop' and achever 'complete'). For example, finir de
can precede an infinitive to describe the end of an event in both written and
oral. Terminer 'finish, end' was also one of the verbs that I study

I am using ARTFL (American and French Research on the Treasury of the French
Language) as my corpus. It seems that terminer de, a quasi synonym of finir
de, can only be used in oral, since in my corpus, there are only two sentences
that include this construction and no such usage is indicated in Le Grand
Robert and Trésor de la langue française. Thus, is terminer de followed by an
infinitive a variation of French, which is used only in speaking? What are the
differences between finir de and terminer de followed by an infinitive? I am
also wondering why terminer de+ infinitive is less frequent than other verbs
so that I could explain why this construction is not included in my research.

Here is a short list of the resources that I have used.

Freed, Alice F. 1979. The semantics of English aspectual complementation.
Dordrecht : D. Reidel.

Kreutz, Philippe. 2005. Cesser au pays de l’ellipse. Dans Les périphrases
verbales, sous la dir. de Hava Bat-Zeev Shyldkrot et Nicole Le Querler,
431–454. Amsterdam et Philadelphia, Pays-Bas et PA : John Benjamins.

Kreutz, Philippe. 2006. Cesser : Aspect, ethos et ellipse. Revue romane

Lamiroy, Béatrice. 1987. The complementation of aspectual verbs in French.
Language 63(2):278–298.

Rochette, Anne. 1992. Selectional restrictions and event structures. McGill
Working Papers in Linguistics 7(2):141–153.

Rochette, Anne. 1993. À propos des restrictions de sélection de type
aspectuel. Langue française 100:67–82.

Rochette,  Anne. 1999. The selection properties of aspectual verbs. Dans
Beyond principles and parameters, sous la dir. de Kyle Johnson et Ian Roberts,
145–165. Boston, MA : Kluwer Academic.

Tobin, Yishai. Aspect in the English verb : Process and result in language.
London et New York : Longman.

Vendler, Zeno. 1967. Linguistics and philosophy. Ithaca : Cornell University

Verkuyl, Henk J. 1989.  Aspectual classes and aspectual composition.
Linguistics and Philosophy 12(1):39–94.

Verkuyl, Henk J. 1993. A theory of aspectuality. New York : Cambridge
University Press.

Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
                     Text/Corpus Linguistics

Subject Language(s): French (fra)

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