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Abstract locational subjects

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Abstract

This chapter analyzes the English and French abstract locational subjects il, ça,there, and it which refer to an ‘abstract region’ within which the entity in thecomplement is identified. There, it, and il describe the ‘field’, namely the conceptualizer’sscope of awareness relative to the complement content, but theyoperate at different levels of reality. Existential there and simple il (followed by anominal) describe a section of basic reality, while it and complex il (followed bya clause) operate at a more analytical level of reality which includes the conceptualizer’seffort to assess or evaluate the complement content. Ça profiles theabstract setting composed of the immediate context from which the complementcontent is extracted for expressive purposes.

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