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LINGUIST List 19.3430

Mon Nov 10 2008

Diss: Disc Analysis/Semantics/Syntax: Averintseva-Klisch: 'Rechte ...'

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Message 1: Rechte Satzperipherie im Diskurs: NP-Rechtsversetzung im Deutschen (Right Sentence Periphery in Discourse: NP right dislocation in German)
Date: 10-Nov-2008
From: Maria Averintseva-Klisch <maria.averintsevauni-tuebingen.de>
Subject: Rechte Satzperipherie im Diskurs: NP-Rechtsversetzung im Deutschen (Right Sentence Periphery in Discourse: NP right dislocation in German)
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Institution: Universität Tübingen
Program: German Department (Deutsches Seminar)
Dissertation Status: Completed
Degree Date: 2008

Author: Maria Averintseva-Klisch

Dissertation Title: Rechte Satzperipherie im Diskurs: NP-Rechtsversetzung im Deutschen (Right Sentence Periphery in Discourse: NP right dislocation in German)

Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
                            Pragmatics
                            Semantics
                            Syntax

Dissertation Director:
Marga Reis
Claudia Maienborn

Dissertation Abstract:

This dissertation considers NP right dislocation in German
('Rechtsversetzung'). I show that German has two superficially similar but
formally and functionally distinct constructions, right dislocation proper
(RD) and afterthought (AT). AT is a separate prosodic as well as syntactic
unit which is added to repair a potentially insufficient reference. RD is
formally integrated into its host sentence, and serves as an explicit
signal to activate the referent of the RD-NP, thus marking this referent as
the current discourse topic. Hence, only RD is strictly speaking an
instance of the syntax-discourse interface, whilst AT is a processing
phenomenon. I provide a semantic analysis for both constructions reflecting
their formal properties and their usage. As a result, a differentiated
picture of the discourse functions of the right sentence periphery emerges:
It is conceived of as the last resort for local repair strategies on the
one hand, and, on the other hand, a position predestined for hosting
constituents topical beyond the limits of a single sentence.



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