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Query Details

Query Subject:   German particle "also"
Author:   Simone.Mueller
Submitter Email:  click here to access email

Query:   Dear Linguistlist readers,

I am currently working on the English discourse marker "so" in the
speech of native speakers and German non-native speakers of
English. Classifying the occurring instances of "so", I wondered
whether the Germans' usage of "so" might be influenced by the
German particle "also". Unfortunately, I haven't been able to find
specific analyses on the usages and functions of this particle.

Therefore my question: Does anybody know of literature analysing
the functions of the German particle "also"?

I would be grateful for any hint!

Best regards,

Simone Mueller

Institut fuer Anglistik
Otto-Behaghel-Str. 10B
35394 Giessen
Tel. +49-641-9930152
Fax. +49-641-9930159

LL Issue: 12.793
Date posted: 22-Mar-2001


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