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Expletive and Referential Subject Pronouns in Medieval French by Michael Zimmermann

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Book Description

This book is an empirical study on the expression of subject pronouns in Medieval French, usually analyzed as a null subject language. In light of the frequent expression of expletives, i.e. subject pronouns in impersonal constructions, as well as of referentials, it is argued that rather than from a null subject property, the non-expression of subject pronouns generally follows from conditions pertaining to left-peripheral focalization.

  • ISBN: 9783110394306 |
  • Hardcover: 256 pages |
  • Publisher: De Gruyter |
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  • Language: English |
  • Format: Ebook