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Revitalizing Endangered Languages

Edited by Justyna Olko & Julia Sallabank

Revitalizing Endangered Languages "This guidebook provides ideas and strategies, as well as some background, to help with the effective revitalization of endangered languages. It covers a broad scope of themes including effective planning, benefits, wellbeing, economic aspects, attitudes and ideologies."

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Dissertation Information

Title: Rechte Satzperipherie im Diskurs: NP-Rechtsversetzung im Deutschen (Right Sentence Periphery in Discourse: NP right dislocation in German) Add Dissertation
Author: Maria Averintseva-Klisch Update Dissertation
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Institution: Universität Tübingen, German Department (Deutsches Seminar)
Completed in: 2008
Linguistic Subfield(s): Discourse Analysis; Pragmatics; Semantics; Syntax;
Director(s): Claudia Maienborn
Marga Reis

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.