A defence of the overlap criterion for distinguishing between the French gerund and present participle

in Building a bridge between linguistic communities of the Old and the New World
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In this paper, we provide evidence for the French gerund’s so-called overlap thesis. This classic thesis has been questioned notably by Gettrup (1977) and Kleiber (2007): for them, overlap is not part of the gerund’s semantic core. We advocate, however, that relevant interpretations of propositions containing gerunds always imply some sort of overlapping relation. The overlapping constraint allows us to discriminate between the gerund and the present participle (when it scopes over the main clause’s subject). Thus, we examine some examples with present participles that necessitate the strict adjacency of the eventualities involved.

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