Hypercomplex Inversion and the Status of Expletive Pronouns

Richard S. Kayne

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    French hypercomplex inversion can be used as a probe into the question whether or not the language faculty countenances the existence of true expletive pronouns, i.e. pronouns that make no interpretive contribution of any kind. The conclusion is that there are no expletive pronouns (in any language) in the strict sense of the term.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)127-149
    Number of pages23
    Issue number1
    StatePublished - May 1 2023


    • French
    • agreement
    • causer
    • expletive
    • hypercomplex
    • inversion
    • pronoun

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Language and Linguistics
    • Linguistics and Language


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