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The Pragmatics of Left Detachment in Spoken Standard French.

Author: Betsy K Barnes
Publisher: Amsterdam/Philadelphia : John Benjamins Publishing Company, 1985.
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Left detachment constructions (LDs) (e.g. un buffet de campagne, c'est un meuble) are examined in a corpus of informal spontaneous conversation between educated native speakers of French. The overwhelming majority of these constructions are shown to have a clearly pragmatic motivation. The author's observations support a view of LD in French as a particular type of paratactic structure which should be seen primarily  Read more...
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Barnes, Betsy K.
Pragmatics of Left Detachment in Spoken Standard French.
Amsterdam/Philadelphia : John Benjamins Publishing Company, ©1985
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Betsy K Barnes
ISBN: 9789027279613 9027279616
OCLC Number: 769342228
Description: 1 online resource (131 pages)
Contents: THE PRAGMATICS OF LEFT DETACHMENT IN SPOKEN STANDARD FRENCH; Editorial page; Title page; Copyright page; Table of contents; Acknowledgements; 1. INTRODUCTION; 1.1. Purposes of the study; 1.2. The language of the corpus; 2. REVIEW OF THE LITERATURE; 2.1. Syntactic descriptions and the syntactic-pragmatic correlation hypothesis (SPCH); 2.2. Pragmatic descriptions; 3. THE DATA-GENERAL OBSERVATIONS AND HYPOTHESES; 3.1. Preliminary observations; 3.2. Problems with the syntactic-pragmatic correlation hypothesis; 3.2.1. LD in contrastive contexts; 3.2.2. Introduction of new referents. 3.3. Contrastiveness and topic shift3.4. A new hypothesis --
In search of LDs of minimal pragmatic motivation; 3.5. Alternative syntactic analyses; 3.6. The 'domain' of LD: sentence-topic and discourse-topic; 3.6.1. The notion of discourse-topic; 3.6.2. LD, sentence-topic, and discourse-topic in the corpus; 4. PRONOMINAL DETACHMENTS; 4.1. 'Personal' pronouns: first person: moi, nous; 4.2. 'Nonpersonal' pronouns: ça; 5. LEXICALNP-DETACHMENTS; 5.1. With nonpersonal anaphor; 5.1.1. NP c'est ... ; 5.1.2. NP aV; 5.2. With personal anaphor: NP il/elle ... 5.2.1. LD and information statuses --
background5.2.2. The data; (I) Introduction and summary; (II) LD with evoked referents; (III) LD with new referents; 5.2.3. LD and the ya-cleft; 5.2.4. LD vs. NP-subjects: the grounding principle; 5.3. NP-LDs with nonsubject anaphors; 5.4. The definiteness constraint; 6. SPECIAL CASES; 6.1. 'Topicalization' and 'Focus Movement' in spoken French; 6.2. No-anaphor LDs; 6.3. Double LDs; 7. CONCLUSION; NOTES; REFERENCES.

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Left detachment constructions (LDs) (e.g. un buffet de campagne, c'est un meuble) are examined in a corpus of informal spontaneous conversation between educated native speakers of French. The overwhelming majority of these constructions are shown to have a clearly pragmatic motivation. The author's observations support a view of LD in French as a particular type of paratactic structure which should be seen primarily as a feature of unplanned discourse. The analysis partly builds on views expressed by Knud Lambrecht in an earlier contribution tot this series.

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