The distribution of IL and CE in French copular sentences : semantic and informational aspects
Faculty of Applied Economics
Studies van de Belgische Kring voor Lingu´stiek
, p. 1-15
This paper deals with the influence of information structure on the use of the French personal pronoun IL and the demonstrative pronoun CE in copular sentences. On the basis of a corpus study, it shows that IL is likely to mark topic continuity in the vast majority (88%) of the examples. The results for CE appear to be less clear-cut as CE is used in a wider variety of constellations (it can be used with or without concrete antecedent, it appears quite often in dislocated structures). However, overall, the different results converge and show that CE is often likely to function as a topic shift marker.