Volume 6, Issue 2
  • ISSN 0302-5160
  • E-ISSN: 1569-9781
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SUMMARYJ. R. Ross' rule of Complex (or Heavy) NP Shift acquires a further dimension by tracing its background, first through the stylistic-grammatical tradition harking back to Etienne-Simon de Gamaches (1672-1756) and Nicolas Beauzée (1717-89), and then through the linguistic hypotheses of Henri Weil (1818-1909) and Otto Behaghel (1854-1936). Transformational linguists have not yet tackled the challenging problems raised by this universal rule as it becomes complicated by interference from intonation and sentence accent (bearing on the ordering of atonic particles).RÉSUMÉLa règle du 'Complex (ou Heavy) NP Shift' de J. R. Ross acquiert de nouvelles dimensions à travers l'examen de son origine, d'abord à la lumière de la tradition grammatico-stylistique qui remonte à Etienne-Simon de Gamaches (1672-1756) et Nicolas Beauzée (1717-89) et ensuite en tenant compte des hypothèses linguistiques de Henri Weil (1818-1909) et Otto Behaghel (1854-1936). Les transformationnalistes ne se sont pas encore attaqués aux difficiles problèmes que soulève cette règle universelle dont la complexité est accrue par des phénomènes supra-segmentaux particuliers.


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