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Adverbial Clauses, Main Clause Phenomena, and the Composition of the Left PeripheryThe Cartography of Syntactic Structures, Volume 8$
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Liliane Haegeman

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199858774

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199858774.001.0001

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Arguments and Adjuncts on the Left Periphery

Arguments and Adjuncts on the Left Periphery

(p.53) 2. Arguments and Adjuncts on the Left Periphery
Adverbial Clauses, Main Clause Phenomena, and the Composition of the Left Periphery

Liliane Haegeman

Oxford University Press

This chapter returns to argument fronting in English, and examines its properties from a comparative perspective. The chapter is organized as follows. Section 2.2 compares English argument fronting, and specifically topicalization, with Romance clitic left dislocation (CLLD). Section 2.3 compares English argument fronting with English left-peripheral adjuncts. Section 2.4 provides an overview of the three patterns, concluding that English left-peripheral adjuncts pattern more with Romance CLLD than with fronted arguments in English. Section 2.5 widens the discussion and shows that additional so-called main clause phenomena or root transformations have the distribution of fronted arguments. Section 2.6 briefly discusses the specific properties of long-moved adjuncts, and Section 2.7 provides a summary of the chapter.

Keywords:   English argument fronting, Romance clitic left dislocation, topicalization, left-peripheral adjuncts, main clause phenomena, root transformations

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