LINGUIST List 13.3043

Thu Nov 21 2002

Sum: German Quotatives

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  1. Ellen Fluharty, Re: German Quotatives

Message 1: Re: German Quotatives

Date: Thu, 21 Nov 2002 14:09:15 +0000
From: Ellen Fluharty <>
Subject: Re: German Quotatives

Re: Linguist 13.2799

''Und ich so'' often occurs in storytelling, paired with some kind of
gesture or vocal sound effect ''turning the quote into an enactment or
performance'' (Golato, 2000, pg.31). A couple respondents have
suggested that this quotative is becoming acceptable to use in other
environments. While ''und ich so'' is most often attributed to
teenagers, Golato's study found evidence of this quotatives use by
college-age speakers and those from thirty to fifty years of age.

Many thanks to those who responded:

 Erich Round
 Thorsten Trippel
 Kirk Hazen
 Isabelle Buchstaller
 Jodie Clark
 Katalin Mady
 Mai Kuha
 Tabea Becker
 Andrea Golato
 Chad D. Nilep
 Patricia Cukor-Avila
 Jan Bruners
 Gabriele Kniffke
 Christian Huber
 Claus Pusch
 Markus Lang
 Peter Backhaus

My gratitude to Andrea Golato for sending me a copy of her (widely
recommended) article:

Golato, Andrea. 2000. ''An innovative German quotative for reporting
on embodied actions: Und ich so/und er so 'and I'm like/and he's
like'.'' Journal of Pragmatics 32, 29-54.

Thanks also to Isabelle Buchstaller for attaching a copy of: 

Streeck, Jurgen. 2002. ''Grammars, Words and Embodied Meanings.'' Journal of
Communication. September 2002, 581-596.

Peter Backhaus recommended:

Androutsopoulos, Jannis K. 1999: Grammaticalization in young people's
language. The case of German, in Belgian journal of linguistics 13:

Sakita, Tomoko 2001: Another semantic extension of Go, in Dôshisha
studies in language and culture 4,2: 447-466.

Chad Nilep was kind enough to send me his bibliography on quotatives:

An excerpt:

Kim, Jong Hyun. The Attitudinal Force of Quasi-Quotation Sentences in
Korean. Eoneohag / Journal of the Linguistic Society of Korea; 2000,
26. 75-104.

Klamer, Marian. How Report Verbs become Quote Markers and
Complementisers. Lingua; 2000, 110(2). 69-98.

Macaulay, Ronald. You're Like 'Why Not?' The Quotative Expressions of
Glasgow Adolescents. Journal of Sociolinguistics; 2001, 5(1). Feb,

Suenr M. The Syntax Of Direct Quotes With Special Reference To Spanish
And English. Natural Language and Linguistic Theory, 2000,
18(3). 525-578(54).

Waksler, Rachelle. A New all in Conversation. American Speech; 2001,
76(2). 128-138.

Subject-Language: German, Standard; Code: GER 
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