1887

Stylistic Fronting and Remnant movement in Old French

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In Old and Middle French it is possible to find Stylistic Fronting where both a head and a phrase have been fronted. I have examined SF constructions where the infinitive <i>dire </i>&#8216;say&#8217; or <i>faire </i>&#8216;do&#8217; are fronted, in particular the cases where they are preceded by their complement. In order to account for this construction, I propose that the elements are moved together by Remnant Movement. I also examine the structure of the vP, where the object or an adverb may precede the non-finite verb. This intermediary step of scrambling in the vP is necessary in order for these elements to be moved to the left periphery of the clause.

  • Affiliations: 1: University of Oslo

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