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French dislocation without movement

De Cat, C. (2007) French dislocation without movement. Natural Language and Linguistic Theory, 25 (3). pp. 485-534. ISSN 1573-0859


This paper revisits the classic tests for movement that have been proposed in the literature on dislocated structures, arguing that discourse factors have a significant impact on the outcome of such tests. On this basis, French dislocation is shown to be a syntactically unified phenomenon involving both Left- and Right-Dislocation, irrespective of whether it is resumed by a clitic or a non-clitic element. The epitome of interface phenomena, French dislocation is argued to be the output of the interaction between syntax and the discourse component, requiring only a very limited contribution of narrow syntax: all that is required is that the dislocated element be merged by adjunction to a Discourse Projection (defined as a maximal projection with root properties). No agreement or checking of a designated (e.g. topic) feature is necessary, hence no syntactic movement of any sort need be postulated. The so-called resumptive element is argued to be a full-fledged pronoun rather than a true syntactic resumptive. The relation between the dislocated element and its resumptive is captured in terms of discourse coreference. The core syntactic and interpretive properties of left and right-dislocation are shown to be identical; differences between the two configurations are shown to derive straightforwardly from the properties of the two sides of the clause periphery.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: (CL)LD – (Clitic) Left Dislocation, HTLD – Hanging Topic Left Dislocation, RD – Right Dislocation, RP – Resumptive Pronoun
Institution: The University of Leeds
Academic Units: The University of Leeds > Faculty of Arts (Leeds) > School of Modern Languages and Cultures (Leeds) > Linguistics & Phonetics (Leeds)
Depositing User: Dr Cecile De Cat
Date Deposited: 12 Apr 2010 13:03
Last Modified: 24 Apr 2015 21:18
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11049-007-9023-z
Status: Published
Publisher: Springer
Refereed: Yes
Identification Number: 10.1007/s11049-007-9023-z
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/10748

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