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Languages: English
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Subjects: P1, mem_text_and_place
This paper focuses on the syntax of four subcategories of verb in French which are compatible with a following bare infinitive and which express various kinds of grammatical tense, mood, modality, aspect and voice, as well as such (more lexical?) notions as perception, causation and locomotion. The paper starts by cataloguing a number of properties that these verbs demonstrate, and outlines various traditional accounts. It then sketches recent proposals by Cinque (1999; 2006a) regarding functional clause structure. Finally, the article uses Cinque’s framework to account for the interaction between the four subcategories of verb, their ability to license clitic climbing, their behaviour with respect to voice, some specific properties of causative faire and the semantic subtleties of V1–V2 combinations.
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