Early French postverbal subjects
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This chapter proposes an overview of the hypotheses made in recent years to account for early French postverbal subjects. It reaches the conclusion that sentence-final subjects may include both right-dislocations and right-branching VP-internal subjects. There is presently no sufficient empirical evidence to decide case by case which construction is involved. Around the age of two years, children acquiring French, produce a considerable number of target inconsistent utterances containing a postverbal subject. At the present stage of research, it is hardly possible to decide between the two proposals by looking at specific utterances. However, on the basis of quantitative and cross-linguistic considerations, it seems necessary to maintain a version of the VP-internal subject approach. However, on the basis of quantitative and cross-linguistic considerations, it seems necessary to maintain a version of the VP-internal subject approach. The chapter argues that early postverbal subject constructions are truncated structures. It explains their configurational sensitivity and their child specificity.