The Department of French and Italian

Italian Placement Testing on 08/28 in HRH 2.106B @ 1:30 pm

Faculty and Graduate Student Colloquium

Thu, April 1, 2010 | HRH 2.118 French and Italian Lounge

4:00 PM

Faculty and Graduate Student Colloquium

Cinzia Russi and Catherine Léger
The Selection and Distribution of à and de
with French commencer
This study provides a systematic analysis of the selection and possible alternation of à and de introducing     
infinitival phrases of the French aspectual verb commencer ‘begin’ in the framework of Cognitive Grammar. We
argue that the à/de selection and alternation can be accounted for by referring to the temporal conceptualization
of the situation denoted by the construction. The choice of à or de functions as a mechanism for assigning promi-
nence to different temporal phases: à highlights exclusively the inception of the situation, thus making its     
endpoint irrelevant, while de is used to bring to the foreground the final phase of the situation, resulting in a
bounded interpretation.

French and Italian Lounge Charles Mignot
On the Semantics of the French Preposition à:
The Case of the Direct/Indirect Transitive Alternation
Determining whether the preposition à is semantically void or not has been the subject of much debate in the
literature. In light of a set of verbs that can either select a direct object or an indirect object introduced by à (e.g.,
toucher/toucher à ‘touch’), we argue that à has a core semantic value and it contributes significantly to the
semantic differences between the direct and indirect transitive uses of verbs. Couched in the framework of   
Cognitive Linguistics, this paper examines the syntactic and semantic characteristics of verbs participating in
the direct/indirect transitive alternation and proposes a model of representation for the semantics of à which
accounts for the transitive/intransitive uses of the verbs.


Thursday, April 1, 2010
4:00 PM
HRH 2.118

Sponsored by: Department of French and Italian

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Tavola Italiana

Informal Italian conversation practice Fridays 3-4pm at the Texas Union's Cactus Café. Open to all students of Italian. Contact Antonella Olson for more information.

Le Cercle français

Informal French conversation practice Fridays in the Texas Union's Cactus Café from 3-4pm. Open to all students of French. Contact Nancy Guilloteau for more information.


Italian Placement Testing 

Professor Antonella will be administering placement exams on Monday, August 28th in HRH 2.106B at 1:30 pm. If you are seeking to take an Italian Language Placement Test, please attend this session. Due to time constraints makeups are not guranteed.

Cineforum Italiano

Hosting Italian films with English subtitles every Thursdays at 8:00 pm in Mezes B0.306. 

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