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Adam Ledgeway and Martin Maiden

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199677108

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199677108.001.0001

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The structure of the clause

The structure of the clause

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(p.556) Chapter 31 The structure of the clause
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The Oxford Guide to the Romance Languages
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Silvio Cruschina

Adam Ledgeway

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199677108.003.0031

The main goal of this chapter is to provide a comparative overview of the principal aspects of the structure of the clause, including combinatorial possibilities and ordering of various components such as subjects, objects, adjuncts, and verbs; periphrastic formations; illocutionary and discourse particles; structure, categories, and discourse functions of the higher and lower left peripheries (complementizers, V2, topic, focus, illocutionary force). Specific topics dealt with include: overview of clause; sentential core; lower left periphery; inflectional domain; adverb classes and positions; verb positions; restructuring; higher left periphery; complementizers; illocutionary force, clause types, and sentence particles (declaratives, interrogatives, exclamatives, imperatives), verb second, topic and focus in the left periphery.

Keywords:   clause, subjects, objects, adjuncts, verbs, periphrastic formations, illocutionary and discourse particles, higher/lower left peripheries

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