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In syntax, a detachment construction is a construction in which a referential constituent occurs in a special peripheral position, generally separated by an intonation break and by commas in writing. A widely discussed subtype of detachment is dislocation.


English: As for novels, Mary only likes those by Tolstoy.


In dislocation, there has to be a resumptive pronoun referring to the dislocated constituent, but this is not necessary in other detachment constructions, such as the English "as for" construction.


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French détachement

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