Article published in:Lexique, Syntaxe et Lexique-Grammaire / Syntax, Lexis & Lexicon-Grammar: Papers in honour of Maurice Gross
Edited by Christian Leclère, Éric Laporte, Mireille Piot and Max Silberztein
[Lingvisticæ Investigationes Supplementa 24] 2004
► pp. 439–453
À propos de [pc-z.]
French completives introduced by ce que are limited to prepositional complements, with two peculiar properties: the preposition, unlike adverbs, cannot be understood as an antecedent for the completive; the preposition does not need a consistant argument for its complementation. Among these constructions, only a very limited list authorizes a direct completive complementation with indirect interpretation – what was studied by Maurice Gross under the name [pc z.]. We analyse this property as the result of: - the recoverability of the meaning of the preposition; - the appositive ability of que (what we call +/- genitif); - a semantic filter favoring a mental or psychological interpretation of the completive.
Published online: 29 July 2004