A relative verb for Spoken French: The missing link

A relative verb for Spoken French: The missing link •A Spoken French corpus shows that 96.4% of verbs include an inflectional prefix.•Full verb paradigm of pro-drop Spoken French includes an overlooked relative verb.•Verbs in relative clauses are inflected differently from those in main clauses.•Abductive change seems to drive reanalysis of the high-frequency cleft structure.•The prescriptively safe change. qui/que alternation turns out to be a red-herring. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Lingua Elsevier

A relative verb for Spoken French: The missing link

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Elsevier
Copyright
Copyright © 2018 Elsevier B.V.
ISSN
0024-3841
eISSN
1872-6135
D.O.I.
10.1016/j.lingua.2018.03.007
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Abstract

•A Spoken French corpus shows that 96.4% of verbs include an inflectional prefix.•Full verb paradigm of pro-drop Spoken French includes an overlooked relative verb.•Verbs in relative clauses are inflected differently from those in main clauses.•Abductive change seems to drive reanalysis of the high-frequency cleft structure.•The prescriptively safe change. qui/que alternation turns out to be a red-herring.

Journal

LinguaElsevier

Published: Jul 1, 2018

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