Edited by Lori Repetti and Francisco Ordóñez
[Romance Languages and Linguistic Theory 14] 2018
► pp. 201–213
Chapter 11. Bridging and dislocation in Catalan
The exact anaphoric relation between the referent of dislocates and their previous discourse referents has been a matter of much discussion. In this paper, we reexamine this relation under the light of Clark’s notion of bridging (Clark 1977), and connect different anaphoric bridging types with left (LD) and right dislocations (RD) in Catalan. We report a judgment task experiment showing that while speakers clearly perceive LD and RD as different for most kinds of bridging, they rate RD better across the board, suggesting that speakers can use RD for a wider range of uses than previously assumed. Yet, albeit the preference for RD in Catalan, LD seems to be inherently linked to contrastive readings.