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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: Two Types of Definites in Natural Language Add Dissertation
Author: Florian Schwarz Update Dissertation
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Institution: University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Department of Linguistics
Completed in: 2009
Linguistic Subfield(s): Pragmatics; Semantics;
Director(s): Angelika Kratzer
Lyn Frazier
Charles Clifton Jr.
Barbara Partee
Christopher Potts

Abstract: This thesis is concerned with the description and analysis of two
semantically different types of definite articles in German. While the
existence of distinct article paradigms in various Germanic dialects and
other languages has been acknowledged in the descriptive literature, the
theoretical implications of their existence have not been explored
extensively. I argue that each of the articles corresponds to one of the
two predominant theoretical approaches to analyzing definite descriptions:
the weak article encodes uniqueness. The strong article is anaphoric in
nature. In the course of spelling out analyses for the two articles, more
general issues relevant to current semantic theory are addressed, in
particular with respect to situation semantic analyses of donkey sentences
and domain restriction.