Subject Clitics in French and Romance Complex Inversion and Clitic Doubling

  • Dominique Sportiche
Part of the Studies in Natural Language and Linguistic Theory book series (SNLT, volume 45)


The analysis of the French construction of Complex Inversion illustrated in (1) below raises difficulties with respect to current conceptions of available phrase structure:
  1. (1)
    1. a.

      Jean est-il malade?

      ‘Is John sick?’

    2. b.

      Depuquis quand Jean est-il malade.

      ‘Since when is John sick.’



Head Movement Main Clause Case Assignment Clitic Doubling Complex Inversion 
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  • Dominique Sportiche
    • 1
  1. 1.University of CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA

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