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Research Program

Only and its associate

The aim is to analyze the notion of association with Focus (which reputedly characterize the restrictive or additive particles). We focus on the adverb seulement in French.

Work in progress: elication of a corpus of utterances containing seulement in order to study the prosody of seulement and its associate when the following two parameters vary :

  • - the position of seulement : (j'ai seulement vu Marie à huit heures vs j'ai vu Marie seulement à huit heures vs j'ai vu Marie à huit heures seulement).
  • - the informationnal status of the associate of seulement : narrow focus or part of an all focus utterance.


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