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Agreement as a perspectivizing device in discourse. The view from French

Abstract : Agreement is a central phenomenon for grammatical theory, its description bringing into play a number of different components and levels of analysis. This chapter's goal is to show how, taking French as the example language, stating certain agreement facts requires reference to each of the levels and components available within the Functional Discourse Grammar model. Agreement is essentially bound up with the (re)identification and establishment of referents in discourse. Its manifestation (and indeed, whether it is marked or not in some context) thus depends on the assumed properties of the intended referent as conceptualised by users, as well as on what is being predicated of it. Hence, agreement phenomena are not purely redundant, semantically empty and grammatically predictable (as is often claimed), but may perform several key functions at the level of discourse --the chief one of which is that of assigning a particular referential perspective on the referent involved.
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Francis Cornish. Agreement as a perspectivizing device in discourse. The view from French. M.A. Gómez-González; F. J. Ruiz de Mendoza Ibáñez; F. Gonzálvez-García. Theory and Practice in Functional Cognitive Space, John Benjamins, pp.177-201, 2014, Studies in Functional and Structural Linguistics (SFSL), 9789027215789. ⟨hal-00977044⟩



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