A case of focal adverb preposing in French*

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This article is about a specific case of focal adverb preposing in French, i.e. preposing of the adverb <i>ainsi</i> &#8216;in this way&#8217;, which is necessarily followed by subject inversion, resulting in the word order [focal <i>ainsi</i> &#8211; V &#8211; S]. This construction appears in a very specific discourse context and, just as other cross-linguistic types of focus preposing, is the result of the movement of this adverb to a focus projection in the left periphery. I show that this correctly predicts the construction to be a main clause phenomenon and provide a syntactic analysis in terms of Relativized Minimality.


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