Toward an Analysis of French Hyper-Complex Inversion*

Richard S. Kayne and Jean-Yves Pollock

in Functional Heads

Published in print June 2012 | ISBN: 9780199746736
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199949519 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Studies in Comparative Syntax

Toward an Analysis of French Hyper-Complex Inversion*

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This chapter examines French cases of hyper-inversion in interrogative clauses. It assumes that the doubling of two clitics is possible and that an object and a subject clitic can start out as a single constituent in the clause. This assumption has potentially far-reaching consequences for the analysis of clitic elements and more generally for the notion of constituent itself. The chapter shows how very detailed data can find a syntactic characterization inside an approach that pays attention to finer distinctions and how they can be relevant for the general theoretical framework.

Keywords: French cases; hyper-inversion; interrogative clauses; clitics

Chapter.  6961 words. 

Subjects: Grammar, Syntax and Morphology

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