Bridging and dislocation in Catalan

Laia Mayol, Xavier Villalba

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The exact anaphoric relation between the referent of dislocates and their previous discourse referents has been a matter of much discussion. In this paper, we reexamine this relation under the light of Clark’s notion of bridging (Clark 1977), and connect different anaphoric bridging types with left (LD) and right dislocations (RD) in Catalan. We report a judgment task experiment showing that while speakers clearly perceive LD and RD as different for most kinds of bridging, they rate RD better across the board, suggesting that speakers can use RD for a wider range of uses than previously assumed. Yet, albeit the preference for RD in Catalan, LD seems to be inherently linked to contrastive readings.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRomance Languages and Linguistic Theory 14. Selected papers from the 46th Linguistic Symposium on Romance Languages (LSRL), Stony Brook, NY
EditorsLori Repetti, Francisco Ordonez
Place of PublicationAmsterdam (NL)
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9789027263896
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2018

Publication series

NameRomance Languages and Linguistic Theory
ISSN (Print)1574-552X


  • Anaphora
  • Bridging
  • Catalan
  • Contrast
  • Left dislocation
  • Right dislocation


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