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Functional HeadsThe Cartography of Syntactic Structures, Volume 7$
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Laura Brugé, Anna Cardinaletti, Giuliana Giusti, Nicola Munaro, and Cecilia Poletto

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199746736

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199746736.001.0001

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Toward an Analysis of French Hyper-Complex Inversion *

Toward an Analysis of French Hyper-Complex Inversion *

(p.150) Toward an Analysis of French Hyper-Complex Inversion*
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Richard S. Kayne

Jean-Yves Pollock

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This chapter examines French cases of hyper-inversion in interrogative clauses. It assumes that the doubling of two clitics is possible and that an object and a subject clitic can start out as a single constituent in the clause. This assumption has potentially far-reaching consequences for the analysis of clitic elements and more generally for the notion of constituent itself. The chapter shows how very detailed data can find a syntactic characterization inside an approach that pays attention to finer distinctions and how they can be relevant for the general theoretical framework.

Keywords:   French cases, hyper-inversion, interrogative clauses, clitics

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