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Micro-change and Macro-change in Diachronic Syntax$
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Eric Mathieu and Robert Truswell

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198747840

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198747840.001.0001

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Leftward Stylistic Displacement (LSD) in Medieval French

Leftward Stylistic Displacement (LSD) in Medieval French

(p.145) 10 Leftward Stylistic Displacement (LSD) in Medieval French
Micro-change and Macro-change in Diachronic Syntax

Marie Labelle

Paul Hirschbühler

Oxford University Press

It is argued that, contrary to recent analyses, there was no stylistic fronting of the Icelandic type in Medieval French but a number of leftward stylistic displacements (LSD). The arguments against a stylistic fronting analysis include the absence of intervention effects and the absence of an empty subject condition. It is also argued that the LSD expression may have a diversity of informational roles and that the variety of constructions observed may be accounted for by a combination of (remnant) VP movement and short scrambling. Finally, three distinct constructions are identified: a V2 construction, an LSDLeft construction, with the LSD expression to the left of the subject, and an LSDRight construction, with the LSD expression to the right of the subject. LSDRight is the unmarked construction, and it includes the case where the subject position is unfilled.

Keywords:   stylistic fronting, Leftward Stylistic Displacement, Medieval French, intervention effects, subject condition

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