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Title: Subjectless language: syntactic aspects of Samuel Beckett's "Rockbaby"
Authors: Bianchi, Valentina
Issue Date: 2006
Publisher: Padova, Unipress
Abstract: Samuel Beckett’s Rockaby is a very intriguing text from a linguist’s point of view. In this paper I discuss certain aspects of its syntax for which a linguistic analysis proves particularly fruitful. First, I argue that the text shows some syntactic phenomena typical of the novelists’ free indirect style (Banfield 1982), and in particular, some phenomena belonging in the domain of logophoricity. Secondly, I show that Beckett reduces to the minimum the number of finite predicates and uses unembedded nonfinite predicates, which are interpreted by means of logophoric control. Finally, the most peculiar aspect of the syntax of Rockaby is the omission of pronominal subjects with finite verbs.
Appears in Collections:Rivista di Grammatica Generativa : Research in Generative Grammar (RGG)

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