Article published in:Romance Languages and Linguistic Theory: Selected papers from ‘Going Romance’ Amsterdam 2007
Edited by Enoch Oladé Aboh, Elisabeth van der Linden, Josep Quer and Petra Sleeman
[Romance Languages and Linguistic Theory 1] 2009
► pp. 201–222
On the Quebec French interrogative particle tu
The Quebec French interrogative particle tu is phonologically identical to the second person singular subject clitic (disregarding stress) and shows a distribution similar to that of clitic doubling, which is optional in this dialect. More specifically, it is subject to a definiteness effect, previously unnoticed in the literature, in that only definite subjects are acceptable in questions with tu. In this paper I argue that the distribution of the question particle tu and that of clitic doubling are both due to the presence of one feature, namely a Definiteness feature.
Published online: 19 November 2009
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