Re <i>Re</i> Again

Dominique Sportiche

in Functional Heads

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

Series: Oxford Studies in Comparative Syntax

Re Re Again

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This chapter, on the French repetitive particle re-, analyzes verb movement. The distribution of this lexical item provides important insights on the structure of the VP layer and on verb movement possibilities. It also shows that (some) apparently simple verbs must indeed be represented by several heads in the syntax, and that a syntactic decomposition provides grounds for explaining the relation between the interpretation of re- and its variable phonetic realization.

Keywords: French repetitive particle; verb movement; syntactic decomposition

Chapter.  4166 words. 

Subjects: Grammar, Syntax and Morphology

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