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Most questionable pronouns: variation between das- vs. was-relatives in German

  • The article investigates the conditions under which the w-relativizer was appears instead of the d-relativzer das in German relative clauses. Building on Wiese 2013, we argue that was constitutes the elsewhere case that applies when identification with the antecedent cannot be established by syntactic means via upward agreement with respect to phi-features. Corpuslinguistic results point to the conclusion that this is the case whenever there is no lexical nominal in the antecedent that, following Geach 1962 and Baker 2003, supplies a criterion of identity needed to establish sameness of reference between the antecedent and the relativizer.

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Author:Patrick Brandt, Eric Fuß
URN:urn:nbn:de:bsz:mh39-30373
ISSN:0024-3930
Parent Title (German):Linguistische Berichte
Publisher:Buske
Place of publication:Hamburg
Document Type:Article
Language:English
Year of first Publication:2014
Date of Publication (online):2014/09/22
Publicationstate:Veröffentlichungsversion
Reviewstate:Peer-Revied
Tag:Frequency; German; Indefinite pronoun; Relative pronoun
GND Keyword:Deutsch; Generative Transformationsgrammatik; Indefinitpronomen; Relativpronomen; Sprachstatistik
Volume:2014
Issue:239
First Page:297
Last Page:329
Dewey Decimal Classification:400 Sprache / 430 Deutsch
Leibniz-Classification:Sprache, Linguistik
Linguistics-Classification:Grammatikforschung
Linguistics-Classification:Quantitative Linguistik
Open Access?:Ja
Licence (German):License LogoCreative Commons - Namensnennung-Nicht kommerziell-Keine Bearbeitung 3.0 Deutschland