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Reciprocal Connection in French
Abstract Discourse correlations show a reciprocal relation of projection and of presupposition between two segments that are otherwise independent. The connection is said to be marked with reciprocal connectives (RCs). These have three functions: (i) fulfilling the expectation, or carrying the presupposition, opened and required, respectively, by the other RC; (ii) categorizing and delineating a sequence as a member of a whole; (iii) conveying a relation between the members. 100+ authentic examples of correlations in French showing either d’une part ‘on the one hand’, or non seulement ‘not only’, and containing a second member with no connective are analyzed. The results indicate that different features can assume the functions attributed to the RCs. Furthermore, they show that these functions are intricated. Finally, I conclude that the reciprocal connection can be marked through many processes, and that reciprocal connectives are, rather than a process of marking the structure, a process to emphasize its components.
   
Keywords connectives, connecteurs, corrélation, correlation, discourse, discours, syntax, syntaxe, French, français
   
Citation Montchaud, P. (2015). Reciprocal Connection in French. In Young Minds vs. Old Questions in Linguistics. Proceedings of the Fourth Central European Conference in Linguistics (pp. 173-193). Lublin, Poland: The Institute of East-Central Europe, Catholic University of Lublin John Paulus II.
   
Type Book chapter (English)
Year 2015
Book title Young Minds vs. Old Questions in Linguistics. Proceedings of the Fourth Central European Conference in Linguistics
Publisher The Institute of East-Central Europe, Catholic University of Lublin John Paulus II (Lublin, Poland)
Pages 173-193
URL http://cecils.webclass.co/proceedings/Pascal_Montchaud.pdf
Related project Marqueurs corrélatifs entre syntaxe et analyse du discours