Romance Studies on Discourse and Interaction
Edited By Johan Gille and Coco Norén
This volume contains a collection of papers which deal with Romance linguistics from the perspective of discourse and interaction. Some contributions cover areas such as spoken corpora, speech and linguistic description, and phonetic aspects of speech. Others focus on multimodality, pragmatics, and conversation and discourse, and there are also contributions which deal with speech and sociolinguistics, and speech in multilingualism/bilingualism. This volume is multilingual, containing as it does contributions written in English, French, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish.
About Two Clause-Linkage Strategies in French: Groupings and Parallel Structuring (Frédéric Sabio)
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About Two Clause-Linkage Strategies in French: Groupings and Parallel Structuring
This paper investigates French utterances which are made up of sequences of two successive Verb-Phrases which do not make use of any kind of subordinating element such as conjunctions, thus showing a mere paratactic or correlative relation. Building on the opposition between microsyntax and macrosyntax, we will suggest that a broad distinction may be drawn between two fundamentally different modes of clause-linking: macrosyntactic groupings, a mode of combination between clauses which can be given a fully syntagmatic status; and parallel structuring, which is based on the paradigmatic nature of the relationship holding between successive sequences. Our proposal is based on a series of criteria relating to the possibility to organize the successive units in a paradigmatic way, the mode of connection between each clause, and the degree of autonomy of each sequence.
1. Introduction and first illustrations
In the present paper I wish to introduce and analyze some specific French utterances which raise the issue of grammatical and discursive structuring in a challenging way. All of the spoken and written utterances1 that will be discussed below are made up of sequences of two (in some cases more than two) successive Verb-Phrases which do not make use of any kind of subordinating element, being linked solely through juxtaposition or coordination.
For the most part, those utterances...
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