Foregrounding in relative clauses

Abstract : The aim of this article is twofold: first, we want to delineate the defining criteria of the foreground. In order to list its necessary and sufficient characteristics, critical observations are made on the claim that the rule of foregrounding is an implicature and that foregrounding only occurs in pasttense main clauses. The issue whether it is (un)boundedness rather than (a)telicity that determines whether a situation belongs to the foreground is also dealt with. The second aim of this paper is to find out whether foregrounding is possible in (nonRestrictive relative clauses in English. Answering this question involves applying the criteria determined in part A to relative clauses. The observations made are based on corpus examples and on the results of an elicitation test.
Document type :
Journal articles
Complete list of metadatas

Cited literature [29 references]  Display  Hide  Download

https://halshs.archives-ouvertes.fr/halshs-00625757
Contributor : Ilse Depraetere <>
Submitted on : Thursday, September 22, 2011 - 3:40:24 PM
Last modification on : Tuesday, July 3, 2018 - 11:49:31 AM

File

Depraetere_1996_Linguistics_Fo...
Publisher files allowed on an open archive

Identifiers

  • HAL Id : halshs-00625757, version 1

Collections

Citation

Ilse Depraetere. Foregrounding in relative clauses. Linguistics, De Gruyter, 1996, 34 (4), pp.699-731. ⟨halshs-00625757⟩

Share

Metrics

Record views

223

Files downloads

142