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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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    Abstract

    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.

    Item Type: Article
    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
    Publisher: Blackwell Publishing
    Refereed: Yes
    ISSN: 00791636
    Depositing User: H Kenna
    Date Deposited: 27 Jan 2009 12:17
    Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 16:53
    URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/1357

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