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Academic Paper

Title: Beers, Kaffi, and Schnaps: Different Grammatical Options for Restaurant Talk Coercions in Three Germanic Languages
Author: Heike Wiese
Institution: Universit├Ąt Potsdam
Author: Joan Maling
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Institution: National Science Foundation
Linguistic Field: Applied Linguistics
Subject Language: English
Abstract: This paper discusses constructions such as We'll have two beers and a coffee that are typically used for beverage orders in restaurant contexts. We compare the behavior of nouns in these constructions in three Germanic languages, English, Icelandic, and German, and take a closer look at the correlation of the morphosyntactic and semantic-conceptual changes involved. We show that even within such a restricted linguistic sample in closely related languages one finds three different grammatical options for the expression of the same conceptual transition. Our findings suggest an analysis of coercion as a genuinely semantic phenomenon, located on a level of semantic representations that serves as an interface between the conceptual and the grammatical systems and takes into account inter- and intralinguistic variations.


This article appears IN Journal of Germanic Linguistics Vol. 17, Issue 1.

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