The History of French Interrogatives

  • Ian Roberts
Part of the Studies in Natural Language and Linguistic Theory book series (SNLT, volume 28)


The central topic of this chapter is the development of interrogative and inversion constructions in the history of French. The basic fact that we are concerned with was alluded to in 1.2.: in Modern French (henceforth ModFr), i.e. French texts from the 16th century on (see 2.4. for more precise dates), inversion around a non-pronominal subject is impossible.


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© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 1993

Authors and Affiliations

  • Ian Roberts
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  1. 1.University of WalesBangorUSA

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