2004
Volume 14, Issue 3
  • ISSN: 1384-5845
  • E-ISSN: 2352-1171

Abstract

This paper investigates the determinants of word order variation in presentative sentences such as “There are no ghettoes in Brussels”: in specific contexts, the adjunct can precede the subject in this sentence type (). I will demonstrate that a satisfactory account of this variation requires a multifactorial approach on the intersection between Cognitive Linguistics, sociolinguistics and psycholinguistics, no matter how difficult the cross-fertilization of these disciplines is. The data reveal that word order in presentative sentences is co-determined by general motivations (Informational Prominence and Heaviness) as well as by a local constraint (Adjunct Concreteness) motivated by the constructional function of the er-initial template.

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