Géraldine Legendre

List of John Benjamins publications for which Géraldine Legendre plays a role.


The present multidimensional study investigates the acquisition of pronominal subject-verb dependencies in Standard Haitian Creole (HC). A corpus analysis confirms that HC subject pronouns are phonological clitics in the target grammar and that their reduction is optional and unpredictable. The… read more | Article
Monolingual English 4-year-olds were administered a Subject-Verb agreement comprehension task that included stimuli such as the boys spinø versus the boyø spins (…/freely/in the hall). They were categorized as users of Mainstream American English (MAE) (N = 8), Some Variation (N = 9) and Strong… read more | Chapter
We present elicited production data reflecting cross-linguistic interference effects in the English wh-questions of Spanish-English bilingual children to provide a proof-of-concept for a proposed new formal analysis of such effects across cross-linguistic influence phenomena. The observed… read more | Article
Legendre, Géraldine and Paul Smolensky. 2017. A competition-based analysis of French anticausatives. Transitivity and Valency: From theory to acquisition, Fotiadou, Georgia and Hélène Vassiliadou (eds.), pp. 25–42
Some long-standing questions surrounding anticausatives in languages like French include whether the morphological marking (presence/absence of se) correlates with interpretational differences and/or different syntax. We examine the three anticausatives classes (optional se, obligatory se, no se)… read more | Article
Legendre, Géraldine. 2007. Optimizing auxiliary selection in Romance. Split Auxiliary Systems: A cross-linguistic perspective, Aranovich, Raúl (ed.), pp. 145–180
Legendre, Géraldine. 2000. Positioning Romanian verbal clitics at PF: An Optimality-Theoretic analysis. Clitics in Phonology, Morphology and Syntax, Gerlach, Birgit and Janet Grijzenhout (eds.), pp. 219–254
This paper argues that Romanian auxiliary and pronominal clitics are phrasal affixes subject to a set of conflicting PF alignment constraints that are responsible for the clustering, rigid ordering, and overall positioning in a clause of both so-called verbal clitics (in Romanian) and… read more | Article