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Bachelor of Arts
In French, the pronominalization of embedded infinite clauses shows notable idiosyncrasies, as the same string of words may be pronominalized as le, y, or en in different sentences. Jones (1991) and Belasco (1978) proposed an explanation by which the pre-verbal à or de may be either a P or a C depending on the matrix verb. By combining their evidence with insights from embedded finite clauses and the expletive ce que construction, I have developed a new proposal in which the pre-verbal C is always present but the P may be deleted, according to a constraint against adjacent P and C in French.
Oytan, Alexandra Z. , '23, "The Pronominalization of Infinitival Complements in French" (2022). Senior Theses, Projects, and Awards. 315.