The limits between Extraposition and Right-Discocation

Abstract : This paper examines the problem of the ambiguity between clausal extraposition (CE) and clausal right-dislocation (CRD) with –ing clauses, for instance in "It's quite hard hitting reports in some way". We give syntactic, discourse-pragmatic and prosodic criteria which can be used to make the distinction between the two structures. As far as prosody is concerned, we show that CRDs are pronounced mainly with one tone unit (TU) and a nucleus on the main clause (and a fall), or with two TUs and a fall in each part of the sentence. On the contrary, when pronounced with only one TU, CEs display a nucleus on the rightmost (extraposed) constituent. This paper includes a study of the prosody of extraposed that or infinitive clauses and of noun-phrase right-dislocations.
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Laetitia Leonarduzzi, Sophie Herment. The limits between Extraposition and Right-Discocation. Cercles : Revue Pluridisciplinaire du Monde Anglophone, Université de Rouen, 2013, pp.15. ⟨hal-01486675⟩

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