The specifier–head relationship: negation and French subject proforms
Rowlett, PA 2007, 'The specifier–head relationship: negation and French subject proforms' , Transactions of the Philological Society, 105 (3) , pp. 339-364.
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This article1 and the three others in this thematic collection are about heads and specifiers, the relationship between them, and how this relationship can change over time. A theme which emerges is the notion that the spec(ifier)–head relationship is cyclic, in other words, the synchronic relationship between the head and its specifier within a given phrase in a given language can be characterised as a location at a particular point on a cycle, while the diachronic development of the relationship can be seen as a directional stepwise shift around that cycle. The article is organised as follows. Section 2 introduces the theoretical framework. Section 3.1 sketches a well-known diachronic phenomenon – the history of sentential negation – which readily lends itself to an analysis in terms of a cyclic spec–head relationship, and shows how the stages in the cycle have been characterised theoretically. Section 3.2 considers another set of data − pre- and postverbal subject proforms in French − which is similarly suitable for such an approach. Section 4, finally, introduces the three other contributions to the collection.
|Additional Information:||Special issue: 'The specifier-head relationship'|
|Themes:||Subjects / Themes > P Language and Literature > PB Modern languages. Celtic languages > PB0001 Modern languages|
Subjects / Themes > D History General and Old World > DC France
Subjects / Themes > P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Memory, Text and Place
|Schools:||Colleges and Schools > College of Arts & Social Sciences > School of Humanities, Languages & Social Sciences > Centre for Linguistics and Applied Linguistics|
Colleges and Schools > College of Arts & Social Sciences
Colleges and Schools > College of Arts & Social Sciences > School of Humanities, Languages & Social Sciences
|Journal or Publication Title:||Transactions of the Philological Society|
|Depositing User:||H Kenna|
|Date Deposited:||27 Jan 2009 12:17|
|Last Modified:||17 Nov 2011 10:59|
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