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Folia Linguistica

Acta Societatis Linguisticae Europaeae

Editor-in-Chief: Fischer, Olga / Norde, Muriel

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Volume 41, Issue 3-4


Operator movement and topicalisation in adverbial clauses

Liliane Haegeman
Published Online: 2008-02-12 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/flin.41.3-4.279


This paper examines the restriction on argument fronting in English adverbial clauses, as in *While this paper I was revising last week, I suddenly thought of another analysis, this in contrast with the fact that Clitic Left Dislocation (CLLD) patterns are allowed in the Romance analogues.

An analysis is elaborated which explores the hypothesis that adverbial clauses are derived by movement of an operator to their left periphery. Intervention effects are thus predicted in English because the movement of the operator interacts with the movement of the fronted argument. No such intervention effects will arise with Romance CLLD as the latter is independently known not to give rise to the same intervention effects. Some cross-linguistic consequences of the proposal are explored.

Key words: topicalisation; adverbial clauses; left periphery; clitic left dislocation; stylistic inversion

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*Author's addressUniversité Charles de Gaulle, Lille III, STL – UMR 8163 CNRS, STL-Batiment B, BP 60149, F-59653 Villeneuve d'Ascq cedex, France.

Received: 2006-09-01

Revised: 2007-01-01

Accepted: 2007-04-01

Published Online: 2008-02-12

Published in Print: 2007-11-20

Citation Information: Folia Linguistica, Volume 41, Issue 3-4, Pages 279–325, ISSN (Online) 1614-7308, ISSN (Print) 0165-4004, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/flin.41.3-4.279.

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