Title
The distribution of IL and CE in French copular sentences : semantic and informational aspects The distribution of IL and CE in French copular sentences : semantic and informational aspects
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Applied Economics
Publication type
conferenceObject
Publication
Subject
Linguistics
Source (journal)
Studies van de Belgische Kring voor Lingu´stiek
Volume/pages
4(2009) , p. 1-15
ISSN
2032-1511
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Abstract
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.