A case of focal adverb preposing in French*
This article is about a specific case of focal adverb preposing in French, i.e. preposing of the adverb <i>ainsi</i> ‘in this way’, which is necessarily followed by subject inversion, resulting in the word order [focal <i>ainsi</i> – V – 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.