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Finite vs. infinite Attributsätze: zu-dass-Alternation bei Substantiven

  • In German, certain nouns (such as e.g. Versprechen ‘promise’ or Eigenart ‘characteristic’) can take a subordinate clause that can be realised either in finite form (as a dass-clause ‘that-clause’) or in non-finite form (as a zu-infinitive ‘to-infinitive’). We investigate the distribution of the two variants based on samples drawn from the German Reference Corpus (Kupietz et al. 2018) and the German web corpus DECOW16B (Schäfer & Bildhauer 2012), thus covering both conceptually written registers (as typically found in newspaper texts) and less formal registers (as typically found in internet forums). We first identify the conditions under which the two variants are interchangeable in the first place and subsequently investigate the factors that probabilistically govern speakers’ choices in variable contexts. Among other things, we test the hypotheses that the likelihood for the clause to be realised in non-finite form increases i) along with the quality of the control configuration, ii) in clauses not containing a modal verb (vs. those containing a modal verb), iv) in simple clauses (vs. complex clauses) and v) in newspaper texts (vs. internet forums).

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Author:Thilo WeberORCiDGND, Felix BildhauerORCiDGND, Franziska MünzbergORCiDGND
URN:urn:nbn:de:bsz:mh39-127188
DOI:https://doi.org/10.17885/heiup.bkgd.2024.1.24930
Parent Title (German):Substantivflexion, Attributsätze, Präfix- und Partikelverben
Series (Serial Number):Bausteine einer Korpusgrammatik des Deutschen (3)
Publisher:Heidelberg University Publishing
Place of publication:Heidelberg
Editor:Marek Konopka, Angelika Wöllstein, Ekkehard Felder
Document Type:Part of a Book
Language:German
Year of first Publication:2024
Date of Publication (online):2024/06/28
Publishing Institution:Leibniz-Institut für Deutsche Sprache (IDS)
Publicationstate:Veröffentlichungsversion
Reviewstate:Peer-Review
Tag:dass-Satz; zu-Infinitiv
GND Keyword:Alternation; Attributsatz; Infinitiv; Nebensatz; Subjekt <Linguistik>; Substantiv
First Page:59
Last Page:113
DDC classes:400 Sprache / 400 Sprache, Linguistik
Open Access?:ja
BDSL-Classification:Grammatik
Leibniz-Classification:Sprache, Linguistik
Linguistics-Classification:Grammatikforschung
Program areas:Grammatik
Licence (German):License LogoCreative Commons - CC BY-SA - Namensnennung - Weitergabe unter gleichen Bedingungen 4.0 International