Karen Lahousse

List of John Benjamins publications for which Karen Lahousse plays a role.



Non-prototypical clefts

Edited by Lena Karssenberg, Karen Lahousse, Béatrice Lamiroy, Stefania Marzo and Ana Drobnjakovic

[Belgian Journal of Linguistics, 32] 2018. v, 169 pp.
Subjects Theoretical linguistics

Non-Nuclear Cases

Edited by Nicole Delbecque, Karen Lahousse and Willy Van Langendonck

Subjects Syntax | Theoretical linguistics
Subjects Generative linguistics | Romance linguistics | Theoretical linguistics

French Syntax in Contrast

Edited by Karen Lahousse, Béatrice Lamiroy and Kristel Van Goethem

Special issue of Lingvisticæ Investigationes 33:2 (2010) vi, 170 pp.
Subjects Computational & corpus linguistics | Generative linguistics | Lexicography | Romance linguistics | Syntax | Theoretical linguistics


Presentational c’è / il y a clefts in Italian and French have been argued to differ from the existential and locative constructions they derive from by their syntactic, semantic and information-structural properties: they would invariably convey sentence-focus. In the present study, we argue for… read more
Lahousse, Karen 2022 Is focus a root phenomenon?When Data Challenges Theory: Unexpected and paradoxical evidence in information structure, Garassino, Davide and Daniel Jacob (eds.), pp. 147–182 | Chapter
This article argues that some types of syntactically marked focus are root (main clause) phenomena in French. We show that c’est (‘it is’) clefts, which explicitly mark narrow new information focus, are root phenomena, in contrast with il y a (‘there is’) clefts marking broad new information focus… read more
Karssenberg, Lena, Karen Lahousse et Stefania Marzo 2018 Les clivées en voici / voilà: Une analyse de corpusLingvisticæ Investigationes 41:1, pp. 129–151 | Squib
Cet article est consacré à trois types de clivées en voici/voilà (type 1 : voilà le chat qui arrive, type 2 : le voilà qui arrive, type 3 : voilà deux semaines que j’attends). Nous analysons (i) l’alternance entre voici et voilà, (ii) la distribution des trois types dans deux corpus, (iii)… read more
Karssenberg, Lena, Karen Lahousse, Béatrice Lamiroy, Stefania Marzo and Ana Drobnjakovic 2018 Non-prototypical clefts: Formal, semantic and information-structural propertiesNon-prototypical clefts, Karssenberg, Lena, Karen Lahousse, Béatrice Lamiroy, Stefania Marzo and Ana Drobnjakovic (eds.), pp. 1–20 | Introduction
In this article we present an overview of current debates in the analysis of cleft sentences. The types of sentences that are often seen as prototypical examples of the cleft category are introduced by it is or a cross-linguistic equivalent; in addition, they have specificational semantics and a… read more
Lahousse, Karen 2015 A case of focal adverb preposing in FrenchStructures, Strategies and Beyond: Studies in honour of Adriana Belletti, Di Domenico, Elisa, Cornelia Hamann and Simona Matteini (eds.), pp. 209–236 | Article
This article is about a specific case of focal adverb preposing in French, i.e. preposing of the adverb ainsi ‘in this way’, which is necessarily followed by subject inversion, resulting in the word order [focal ainsi – V – S]. This construction appears in a very specific discourse context and,… read more
Delbecque, Nicole, Karen Lahousse and Willy Van Langendonck 2014 Nuclear and Non-Nuclear Cases: A ContinuumNon-Nuclear Cases, Delbecque, Nicole, Karen Lahousse and Willy Van Langendonck (eds.), pp. 1–20 | Article
We first briefly present the terminology and criteria which are commonly used in the linguistic literature in relation with the distinction between nuclear cases and non-nuclear cases. We emphasize the specific position obliques occupy with respect to these criteria and give a short overview on how… read more
Lahousse, Karen and Stefania Marzo 2014 Issues in Romance Languages and Linguistic TheoryRomance Languages and Linguistic Theory 2012: Selected papers from 'Going Romance' Leuven 2012, Lahousse, Karen and Stefania Marzo (eds.), pp. vii–xiv | Article
Lahousse, Karen 2013 Binding at the syntax-information structure interfaceInformation Structure and Agreement, Camacho-Taboada, Victoria, Ángel L. Jiménez-Fernández, Javier Martín-González and Mariano Reyes-Tejedor (eds.), pp. 141–174 | Article
This article argues for a cartographic analysis of binding, which preserves a syntactic approach in terms of c-command and incorporates information structure. We claim that an extensive account of the binding effects must integrate a sentence structural configuration where Topic always projects at… read more
In this paper it is argued that, contrary to what is often assumed, embedded adverbial clauses have an information structure articulation independent from that of the main clause. More particularly, it is shown that the specific way in which information structure is expressed in adverbial clauses… read more
Lahousse, Karen 2006 L’assertion et l’inversion du sujet nominal dans les subordonnées adverbialesOrdre des mots et topologie de la phrase française, Gerdes, Kim et Claude Muller (dir.), pp. 113–124 | Article
In this article we show that the distribution of nominal inversion is not the same in all types of embedded adverbial clauses. We present a new descriptive generalization according to which the appearance of postverbal subjects must necessarily be favoured by the presence of a spatio-temporal… read more
Lahousse, Karen 2003 NP-Subject Inversion in French and (Preposed) AdverbsRomance Linguistics: Theory and Acquisition, Pérez-Leroux, Ana Teresa and Yves Roberge (eds.), pp. 181–196 | Article
Summary This article deals with the distribution of nominal inversion in non-interrogative main clauses and embedded adverbial clauses in French. As for main clauses, it is established that nominal inversion occurs when the clause contains a stage topic, i.e. a spatio-temporal location, whether… read more