Michel Achard

List of John Benjamins publications for which Michel Achard plays a role.



Subjects Cognition and language | Romance linguistics | Semantics | Syntax | Theoretical linguistics


Achard, Michel 2015 Abstract locational subjects: Field and settings in French and EnglishSubjects in Constructions – Canonical and Non-Canonical, Helasvuo, Marja-Liisa and Tuomas Huumo (eds.), pp. 101–139 | Article
This chapter analyzes the English and French abstract locational subjects il, ça, there, and it which refer to an ‘abstract region’ within which the entity in the complement is identified. There, it, and il describe the ‘field’, namely the conceptualizer’s scope of awareness relative to the… read more
Achard, Michel 2012 The impersonal value of demonstrative and middle constructionsConstructions in French, Bouveret, Myriam and Dominique Legallois (eds.), pp. 177–200 | Article
This chapter suggests a possible methodology for outlining the range of impersonals in French. The proposal relies on two main points. First, impersonals constitute a gradual category. Any structure will be considered impersonal if (i) it defocuses or backgrounds the agent of the profiled process,… read more