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Probing the syntax of a problematic particle: Old French ‘SI’ revisited

Abstract:
This article presents the findings of a corpus analysis of seven Old French texts to better understand the syntax of the particle SI. It is argued that the texts display clear evidence of synchronic and diachronic variation, much of which has not been noted in the literature. A diachronic grammaticalisation pathway is proposed for SI from a temporal deictic adverb to a Topic continuity marker and then to a FinP expletive which undergoes upwards reanalysis as a ForceP expletive.
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Published
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Peer reviewed

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10.1111/1467-968X.12123

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
HUMS
Department:
Medieval & Modern Languages Faculty
Sub department:
French
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Publisher:
Wiley
Journal:
Transactions of the Philological Society More from this journal
Volume:
116
Issue:
3
Pages:
332-362
Publication date:
2018-03-30
Acceptance date:
2018-01-08
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EISSN:
1467-968X
ISSN:
0079-1636
Pubs id:
pubs:817303
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uuid:09e5f1e9-5448-49aa-a250-9896184fbc94
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pubs:817303
Source identifiers:
817303
Deposit date:
2018-01-10

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