How do you double your C ? Evidence from an Oïl dialect

Abstract : This paper investigates Double Complementizer Constructions (DCC), as in Et, quand qu' la guerre qu' all' s'ra passée (lit. 'And when that the war that it will be over') in a variety of the Picard language spoken in an area of Northern France called Ternois. We show that the restrictions on its use described for other languages don't apply to Ternois, neither as regards the contexts (verb mood, kind of embedded clause) nor as regards the kind of preposed XP (heaviness, kind of preposing, informational value) that allow it. From a typological point of view, DCC in Ternois thus patterns only with some Southern Italian dialects (Ledgeway 2005). From a theoretical point of view, I propose that the second complementizer does not head TopP but FinP : it is inserted there to check Tense features, than head-moves up to the highest projection of the CP domain. This proposal accounts for the absence of DCC in infinitive clauses, with non-doubled subjects, and with qui-relatives. Under a copy theory of movement, it also offers a way to account for the variation of C° realization in this area.
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Anne Dagnac. How do you double your C ? Evidence from an Oïl dialect. CSSP: Colloque de Syntaxe et Sémantique, Sep 2011, Paris, France. pp.77-94. ⟨hal-00881811⟩

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