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On ocotber 30, Tanja Temmerman will present her work in the PhD Discussion Group. Come one, come all!! The meeting will be held in room 130 in the Lipsius. We’ll start at 16.15 sharp, as we’ll have to leave the room by five. Here’s the abstract:

 (Embedded) left dislocation in southern Dutch
In this talk, I focus on left dislocation in southern Dutch. Firstly, I introduce previously undiscussed data of embedded left dislocation (ELD) in southern Dutch. Although it is generally assumed that all left dislocation except Romance/Greek Clitic Left Dislocation (CLLD) is limited to root contexts (cf. e.g. Cinque 1990), the southern Dutch example in (1) provides evidence to the contrary. In ELD, the left peripheral constituent, coindexed with an IP-internal demonstrative, precedes both the complementizer and the fronted WH-phrase.

(1) a. Ik  denk [den   Bert]i dat   diejeni  nen   boek gekocht eeft.
         I    think  the    Bert   that  DEM     a       book bought  has
        ‘I think that Bert has bought a book.’
     b. Ik  vraag  mij      af  [den   Bert]i wa    dat   diejeni gekocht eeft.
         I   ask     myself off  the    Bert   what  that  DEM    bought  has
         ‘I wonder what Bert has bought.’              [southern Dutch ELD]

Furthermore, I present d-HTLD (Hanging Topic Left Dislocation with a demonstrative) in southern Dutch main clauses and show how its properties resemble those of ELD. I conclude that ELD is embedded d-HTLD. d-HTLD is illustrated in (2).

(2)    [Diejen boek], den Bert heeft diejen gisteren    teruggebracht.
          that    book   the Bert  has   DEM    yesterday returned
         ‘Bert has returned that book yesterday.’         [southern Dutch d-HTLD]

The aim of my talk is not to give a definite analysis of left dislocation in southern Dutch, but mainly to discuss some of the problems the analysis faces:

(i) How do we reconcile the fact that ELD and d-HTLD show reconstruction behaviour (for Condition A, for Variable Binding,…), cf. (3a), with the observation that they are insensitive to islands (any island, weak or strong, can be violated, cf. (3b))?

(3) a. Ik  denk [zijni   eerste artikel] dat   elke   taalkundigei dat    slecht vindt.
         I    think  his     first    article   that  every linguist         DEM  bad    finds
        ‘I think that every linguist does not like his first article.’
     b. Ik  denk  [Eva] dat   ik het  gerucht  gehoord heb   dat  die   in de  gevangenis  zit.
         I    think  Eva   that  I  the  rumour  heard     have that  DEM in the prison         sits
        ‘I think I heard the rumour that Eva is in prison.’           [southern Dutch ELD]

(ii) There is another instance of left dislocation in southern Dutch, viz CLD (Contrastive Left Dislocation), exemplified in (4). Can the analysis of ELD and d-HTLD be extended to CLD, dealing both with the similarities and the differences between these constructions?

(4)    [Diejen boek], diejen heeft den Bert gisteren   teruggebracht.
         that     book   DEM    has   the  Bert yesterday returned
        ‘Bert has returned that book yesterday.’              [southern Dutch CLD]

(iii) Southern Dutch left dislocation shows an intricate pattern of reconstruction for Condition C. Of course, the analysis should properly handle these data as well.

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