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Two types of preposed NP in French


We contrast two types of sentences with a preposed NP in French in a construction based HPSG grammar. They differ with respect to different grammatical aspects (syntax, semantics, pragmatics and phonology), which cluster uniquely into constructions. Both are colloquial, a reason why they have been recognized only recently (see Zribi-Hertz 1986, 1996, Sabio 1995, 2006). Accordingly, we rely for the data on spoken corpora (Corpaix, CFRP) as well as on our intuitions. Both constructions involve a partitioned semantics but this mode of composition is associated with different effects. One construction is characterized semantically: the preposed NP is the theme of a categorical proposition. The other construction is characterized pragmatically: it is associated with an independent declarative clause, a typical use of which is to signal a break in the interaction.



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halshs-00751057 , version 1 (21-11-2012)


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Anne Abeillé, Danièle Godard, F. Sabio. Two types of preposed NP in French. 15th HPSG Conference, 2008, Keihanna, Japan. pp.306-324. ⟨halshs-00751057⟩
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