Dislocation – dislocation


Let's Define It!

What's *dislocation*?

Dislocation is about creating emphasis through the addition of a personal pronoun which often changes the usual word order. For example:

Elle ne ferait pas cela, notre tante. She would not do that, our aunt.

Notice that the *normal* (or perhaps, usual) syntactic order should be Notre tante ne ferait pas cela. (Our aunt would not do that). But since we want express our shock and emphasize the fact that our aunt would never do something like that, we can use dislocation to that effect.


Let's Pronounce It!

What does it sound like in French?


Let's Have an Example or Two!

Can a little reinforcement do the trick?

Some contrasting examples:

  1. tablé / table
  2. empiré / empire
  3. désolé/désole


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