Toward an Analysis of French Hyper-Complex Inversion

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.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Title of host publicationFunctional Heads
    Subtitle of host publicationThe Cartography of Syntactic Structures
    PublisherOxford University Press
    ISBN (Electronic)9780199949519
    ISBN (Print)9780199746736
    StatePublished - Jun 20 2012


    • Clitics
    • French cases
    • Hyper-inversion
    • Interrogative clauses

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • General Arts and Humanities


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