Faculté des lettres et sciences humaines

Diversité des langues, diversité des descriptions grammaticales: approche plurielle de la pronominalisation en français

Jeanneret, Thérèse

In: Revue Tranel (Travaux neuchâtelois de linguistique), 1999, vol. 31, p. 167-177

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    The paper deals with the pronominalization of verbal complements in French in the light of German and Spanish. Spanish set out verbal complementation mainly on the criteria of animate or inanimate complements whereas German and French make first a distinction between direct and indirect objects. An optimization of teaching French mechanisms of pronominalization to Spanish speaking learners should begin with verbs like obéir whose paradigms are structured in accordance with the criteria of animate or inanimate of the source nouns. Beyond this specific case, descriptive approaches, developed to grasp some grammatical phenomena of various world languages, might be used to enrich the way we approach French grammar.