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.