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Building a comparative analysis of romance Fronting: a case study on the history of French

Grant number: 13/24637-8
Support Opportunities:Scholarships abroad - Research Internship - Post-doctor
Effective date (Start): July 01, 2014
Effective date (End): December 31, 2014
Field of knowledge:Linguistics, Literature and Arts - Linguistics - Historical Linguistics
Principal Investigator:Charlotte Marie Chambelland Galves
Grantee:Aroldo Leal de Andrade
Supervisor: Marie Labelle
Host Institution: Instituto de Estudos da Linguagem (IEL). Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP). Campinas , SP, Brazil
Research place: Université du Québec à Montréal (UQÀM), Canada  
Associated to the scholarship:11/19235-2 - The Emergence of the Topicalization Construction in European Portuguese, BP.PD


This project aims at studying the use of Fronting Constructions (Topicalization, Left Dislocation and their subtypes) in the history of French. This goal arises from the bigger interest of building a comparative analysis for the diachronic evolution of marked constructions in the history of Romance languages. From previous research undertaken in the scope of the postdoctoral project and the state of the art on the topic, we consider as a crucial guide the necessity to gather empirical evidence that may characterise the interface between Syntax and Discourse on language periods that antecede the change to a non-V2 grammar, and afterwards, to a grammar allowing Left Dislocation only. To do so, we propose to analyse two databases, to be collected and classified in the realm of this research: Database A, which will include sentences with Fronting Constructions from the 13th until the 16th centuries; and Database B, which will consist of at least one excerpt of a narrative text annotated according to the proposals of Segmented Discourse Representation Theory. The final analysis shall integrate the quantitative and qualitative results obtained from each of the mentioned steps. The specific hypothesis is that languages that have lost Topicalisation went through a V2 period unlike that of Middle Portuguese, and that such a diference may be at the origin of the difference between keeping a Fronting strategy without resumption (as in Portuguese) or losing it (as in other Romance languages). (AU)

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DE ANDRADE, AROLDO. Aboutness Topics in Old and Middle French: A corpus-based study on the fate of V2. CANADIAN JOURNAL OF LINGUISTICS-REVUE CANADIENNE DE LINGUISTIQUE, v. 63, n. 2, p. 194-220, . (13/24637-8, 12/06078-9)

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