The Syntax of French

French is a syntactically interesting language, with aspects of its word order and clause structure triggering a variety of important developments in syntactic theory. This is a concise and accessible guide to the syntax of Modern French, providing a clear overview of those aspects of the language that are of particular interest to linguists. A broad variety of topics are covered, including the development and spread of French; the evolution of its syntax; syntactic variation; lexical categories; noun, verb and adjective phrases; clause structure; movement; and agreement. Drawing on the work of a wide range of scholars, it highlights the important role of French in the development of syntactic theory and shows how French challenges some fundamental assumptions about syntactic structure. An engaging and in-depth guide to all that is interesting about French, The Syntax of French will be invaluable to students and scholars of syntactic theory and comparative linguistics.

• Places the French language within its theoretical and historical context • Includes both broad description and selected analytical depth, focusing on those features which are of particular theoretical and cross-linguistic interest • Includes extensive cross-referencing and a comprehensive bibliography


1. Introduction; 2. Lexical categories; 3. The extended noun phrase: DP*; 4. The extended verb phrase: IP*; 5. The left clause periphery.