25.3364, Books: Expletive and Referential Subject Pronouns in Medieval French: Zimmermann

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Date: Mon, 25 Aug 2014 16:54:37
From: Linda Steglich [linda.steglich at degruyter.com]
Subject: Expletive and Referential Subject Pronouns in Medieval French: Zimmermann

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Title: Expletive and Referential Subject Pronouns in Medieval French 
Series Title: De Gruyter Linguistische Arbeiten 556  

Publication Year: 2014 
Publisher: De Gruyter Mouton
	   http://www.degruyter.com/mouton
	

Book URL: http://www.degruyter.com/view/product/431739?format=G 


Author: Michael Zimmermann

Electronic: ISBN:  9783110394306 Pages: 245 Price: Europe EURO 99.95
Hardback: ISBN:  9783110373370 Pages: 245 Price: Europe EURO 99.95


Abstract:

Medieval French, usually analyzed as a null subject language, differs
considerably from modern Romance null subject languages such as Spanish in the
availability of non-expressed subject pronouns; specifically, it shows
characteristics reminiscent of non-null, rather than null subject languages,
such as the expression of expletive subject pronouns. The central goal of this
book is to put forward an account of these differences. On the basis of the
analysis of an extensive, newly established data corpus, the development of
the expression of both expletive and referential subject pronouns until the
17th c. is determined. Following a thorough discussion of previous approaches,
an alternative approach is presented which builds on the analysis of Medieval
French as a non-null subject language. The non-expression of subject pronouns,
licit in specific contexts in non-null subject languages, is shown to be
restricted to configurations generally involving left-peripheral focalization.
These configurations – and, concomitantly, non-expressed subject pronouns –
are finally argued to be eventually lost for good in the wake of the initial
observation by 17th c. writers of pertinent instructions campaigned for in
highly influential works of language use.
 



Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
                     Syntax
                     Text/Corpus Linguistics

Subject Language(s): French (fra)
                     French, Middle (frm)
                     French, Old (fro)
                     Spanish (spa)

Language Family(ies): Romance


Written In: English  (eng)

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