Focus Particles and Extraction – An Experimental Investigation of German and English Focus Particles in Constructions with Leftward Association

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dc.contributor.advisor Winkler, Susanne (Prof. Dr.)
dc.contributor.author Jäger, Marion
dc.date.accessioned 2020-01-21T09:57:24Z
dc.date.available 2020-01-21T09:57:24Z
dc.date.issued 2020-01-21
dc.identifier.other 168858370X de_DE
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10900/97239
dc.identifier.uri http://nbn-resolving.de/urn:nbn:de:bsz:21-dspace-972396 de_DE
dc.identifier.uri http://dx.doi.org/10.15496/publikation-38622
dc.description.abstract In my dissertation on leftward association of English and German focus particles, I investigate the following overall research questions: How strong is the c-command relation between focus particles and their associated focus? Is their relation fixed or are there factors which can license leftward association? In my study, I focus on the English particles "only" and "even" and the corresponding German particles "nur" and "sogar". These particles preferably c-command their associated focus constituent (as in "Only SAM will eat chocolate). It is controversial in the literature how strong this c-command relation is and whether leftward association of these particles is acceptable (as in "SAM will only eat chocolate"). To my knowledge, my study provides the first experimental investigation dealing with this phenomenon. In the analysis of examples from everyday language and in various acceptability judgment studies, I identified the following factors which license leftward association of the German particles under consideration: (i) prosody, (ii) speaker evaluation, and (iii) special emphasis. I conclude that the c-command relation between focus particles and their associated focus is strong but not fixed in such a way that leftward association is impossible, as there are factors which improve and license this construction. Moreover, German examples I collected from spontaneous speech provide evidence that leftward association of the German particles under consideration occurs in spoken language. I base my explanations of the data on theories dealing with emphatic syntactic constructions and on theories dealing with salience and cognitive prominence. I propose an account which combines information structure, pragmatics, and processing. en
dc.language.iso en de_DE
dc.publisher Universität Tübingen de_DE
dc.rights ubt-podok de_DE
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dc.rights.uri http://tobias-lib.uni-tuebingen.de/doku/lic_mit_pod.php?la=en en
dc.subject.classification Linguistik , Gradpartikel , Experimentelle Linguistik , Informationsstruktur , Syntax , Prosodie , Ambiguität , Emphase , Englisch , Deutsch , Pragmatik de_DE
dc.subject.ddc 400 de_DE
dc.subject.ddc 420 de_DE
dc.subject.ddc 430 de_DE
dc.subject.other Linksassoziierung de_DE
dc.subject.other Akzeptabilitätsstudien de_DE
dc.subject.other focus particles en
dc.subject.other information structure en
dc.subject.other Kontext de_DE
dc.subject.other nur de_DE
dc.subject.other only en
dc.subject.other sogar de_DE
dc.subject.other even en
dc.subject.other prosody en
dc.subject.other Alltagssprache de_DE
dc.subject.other Fokus de_DE
dc.subject.other emphasis en
dc.subject.other Sprecherevaluation de_DE
dc.subject.other focus en
dc.subject.other linguistics en
dc.subject.other ambiguity en
dc.subject.other English en
dc.subject.other German en
dc.subject.other everyday language en
dc.subject.other extraction en
dc.subject.other leftward association en
dc.subject.other cognitive prominence en
dc.subject.other speaker evaluation en
dc.subject.other acceptability judgment studies en
dc.subject.other context en
dc.subject.other pragmatics en
dc.title Focus Particles and Extraction – An Experimental Investigation of German and English Focus Particles in Constructions with Leftward Association en
dc.type PhDThesis de_DE
dcterms.dateAccepted 2018-07-13
utue.publikation.fachbereich Allgemeine u. vergleichende Sprachwissenschaft de_DE
utue.publikation.fakultaet 5 Philosophische Fakultät de_DE

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