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Volume 46, Issue 1
  • ISSN 0035-3906
  • E-ISSN: 1600-0811
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Abstract

This contribution1 provides a corpus-based analysis of some (morpho-) syntactic factors that influence the choice between the third person clitic pronoun il and the demonstrative pronoun celui-ci : the syntactic function of the antecedent, as well as its form, and the syntactic function of the pronoun itself. Special attention is paid to a series of counterexamples to Zribi-Hertz’s (1992) constraint on discursive promotion. The different tendencies observed for il and celui-ci with respect to the syntactic criteria examined, provide evidence for the hypothesis that il marks topic continuity and celui-ci a topic shift and ultimately lead to a reformulation of the constraint on discursive promotion in terms of topic promotion.

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2011-01-01
2019-08-25
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  • Article Type: Research Article
Keyword(s): anaphors , syntactic form , syntactic function , topic continuity and topic shift
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