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Register-specific subject omission in English and French and the syntax of coordination


Haegeman, Liliane; Stark, Elisabeth (2021). Register-specific subject omission in English and French and the syntax of coordination. In: Wolfe, Sam; Meklenborg Salvensen, Christine. Continuity and Variation in Germanic and Romance. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 15-43.

Abstract

In both English and French, as such non-pro drop languages, finite clause subjects can be omitted in second-conjunct subject ellipsis in the core grammar and as a result of register-specific subject omission (as in diary style writing). The parallelisms between second-conjunct ellipsis present and register-specific subject omission present a challenge for accounts viewing register-specific subject omission as a register-related grammatical property. This chapter shows that the two phenomena cannot be assimilated. Based on patterns with quantificational subjects, the small conjunct coordination analysis is invoked to derive second-conjunct subject ellipsis. For register-specific subject omission a register-specific account for the derivation of subject omission is retained. The chapter introduces a novel set of data of register-specific subject omission, namely the ellipsis of a second-conjunct subject not coreferential with the first-conjunct subject. This pattern is the output of the coordination of two full-fledged clauses, the second of which with register-specific subject omission.

Abstract

In both English and French, as such non-pro drop languages, finite clause subjects can be omitted in second-conjunct subject ellipsis in the core grammar and as a result of register-specific subject omission (as in diary style writing). The parallelisms between second-conjunct ellipsis present and register-specific subject omission present a challenge for accounts viewing register-specific subject omission as a register-related grammatical property. This chapter shows that the two phenomena cannot be assimilated. Based on patterns with quantificational subjects, the small conjunct coordination analysis is invoked to derive second-conjunct subject ellipsis. For register-specific subject omission a register-specific account for the derivation of subject omission is retained. The chapter introduces a novel set of data of register-specific subject omission, namely the ellipsis of a second-conjunct subject not coreferential with the first-conjunct subject. This pattern is the output of the coordination of two full-fledged clauses, the second of which with register-specific subject omission.

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Item Type:Book Section, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Romance Studies
Dewey Decimal Classification:800 Literature, rhetoric & criticism
470 Latin & Italic languages
410 Linguistics
440 French & related languages
460 Spanish & Portuguese languages
450 Italian, Romanian & related languages
Language:English
Date:2021
Deposited On:05 Jan 2021 10:10
Last Modified:16 Sep 2021 13:46
Publisher:Oxford University Press
ISBN:9780198841166
OA Status:Closed
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1093/oso/9780198841166.003.0002
Related URLs:https://oxford.universitypressscholarship.com/view/10.1093/oso/9780198841166.001.0001/oso-9780198841166 (Publisher)

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