Edited by Ingo Feldhausen, Martin Elsig, Imme Kuchenbrandt and Mareike Neuhaus
[Romance Languages and Linguistic Theory 15] 2019
► pp. 277–294
De-prefixed spatial Ps in medieval
We examine a series of medieval French spatial Ps with de- prefixes (de-forms; e.g. dessus, dedans), showing that they display a combination of preposition-, adverb- and noun-like syntactic properties which distinguish them from their corresponding base forms (e.g. sus, ens). We argue that these properties can best be accounted for by considering de-forms to be modifiers of a null PLACE noun. Finally, we suggest that during the medieval period, de-forms are reanalysed as nouns, which causes wide-ranging changes in their distribution, including the development of complex prepositions such as au-dessus de.
- 2.1Preposition-like properties
- 2.2Adverb-like properties
- 2.3Noun-like properties
- 3.Previous relevant analyses
- 3.1Axial parts
- 3.2Null place noun
- 4.The analysis of de-forms in medieval
- 4.1The analysis of de-forms
- 4.2The reanalysis of de-forms
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