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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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Subject Positions, Point of View and the Neuter Pronoun tet in West Flemish

Subject Positions, Point of View and the Neuter Pronoun tet in West Flemish

(p.69) Subject Positions, Point of View and the Neuter Pronoun tet in West Flemish
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Jacqueline Guéron

Liliane Haegeman

Oxford University Press

This chapter deals with the distribution and interpretation of the word tet in the West Flemish dialect of Lapscheure. It shows that though tet is a doubler, it is not a subject doubler. Rather, tet is associated with a specialized “Point of View” projection dominating IP, and it introduces the speaker’s point of view in a sentence that would otherwise be in the point of view of the syntactic subject. The chapter is organized as follows. Section 2 argues that tet is not a subject doubler. Section 3 shows that tet has both subject-related properties and speaker-related properties. Section 4 associates tet with a projection dominating TP and dominated by the CP layer. Section 5 relates this projection to the temporal interpretation of the clause. Section 6 concludes.

Keywords:   West Flemish dialect, Lapscheure, doubler, IP, TP, CP, clause, speaker

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