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1 ERSS - Equipe de Recherche en Syntaxe et Sémantique 2 IRIT - Institut de recherche en informatique de Toulouse 3 Department of Philosophy

Abstract : This study examines the properties of French locating adverbials at several levels. The syntactic structure of these elements is analyzed just as the complex interactions between their position in the sentence and their semantic contribution. Focusing on the position of adjunct of the verb phrase, we show that the semantic content of the considered markers is better grasped by a -relational- approach than by a -referential- approach. Finally, a compositional semantics of adverbials in VP-adjunct position is proposed.

Keywords : French locating adverbials syntax semantic contribution VP-adjunct position

Author: Michel Aurnague - Myriam Bras - Laure Vieu - Nicholas Asher -



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