Arguments and Adjuncts on the Left Periphery

Liliane Haegeman

in Adverbial Clauses, Main Clause Phenomena, and the Composition of the Left Periphery

Published in print October 2012 | ISBN: 9780199858774
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199979912 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Studies in Comparative Syntax

Arguments and Adjuncts on the Left Periphery

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This chapter returns to argument fronting in English, and examines its properties from a comparative perspective. The chapter is organized as follows. Section 2.2 compares English argument fronting, and specifically topicalization, with Romance clitic left dislocation (CLLD). Section 2.3 compares English argument fronting with English left-peripheral adjuncts. Section 2.4 provides an overview of the three patterns, concluding that English left-peripheral adjuncts pattern more with Romance CLLD than with fronted arguments in English. Section 2.5 widens the discussion and shows that additional so-called main clause phenomena or root transformations have the distribution of fronted arguments. Section 2.6 briefly discusses the specific properties of long-moved adjuncts, and Section 2.7 provides a summary of the chapter.

Keywords: English argument fronting; Romance clitic left dislocation; topicalization; left-peripheral adjuncts; main clause phenomena; root transformations

Chapter.  20590 words. 

Subjects: Grammar, Syntax and Morphology

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