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Right-dislocated complement clauses in German talk-in-interaction. (Re-)specifying propositional referents of the demonstrative pronoun das

  • This contribution deals with right-dislocated complement clauses with the subordinating conjunction dass (‘that’) in German talk-in-interaction. The bi-clausal construction we analyze is as follows: The first clause, in which one argument is realized by the demonstrative pronoun das (‘this/that’), is syntactically and semantically complete; the reference of the pronoun is (re-)specified by adding a dass-complement clause after a point of possible completion (e.g., aber das hab ich nich MITbekommen. (0.32) dass es da so YOUtubevideos gab. (‘But I wasn’t aware of that. That there were videos about that on YouTube.’). The first clause always performs a backward-oriented action (e.g., an assessment) and the second clause (re-)specifies the propositional reference of the demonstrative, allowing for a (strategic) perspective shift. Based on a collection of 93 cases from everyday conversations and institutional interactions, we found that the construction is used close to the turn-beginning for referring to and (re-)specifying (parts of) another speaker’s prior turn; turn-internal uses tie together parts of a speaker’s multi-unit turn. The construction thus facilitates an incremental constitution of meaning and reference.

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Author:Nadine ProskeORCiDGND, Arnulf DeppermannORCiDGND
Parent Title (English):Emergent syntax for conversation. Clausal patterns and the organization of action
Series (Serial Number):Studies in language and social interaction (32)
Place of publication:Amsterdam [u.a.]
Editor:Yael Maschler, Simona Pekarek Doehler, Jan Lindström, Leelo Keevallik
Document Type:Part of a Book
Year of first Publication:2020
Date of Publication (online):2019/11/18
Tag:German; complementizer; demonstrative; right-dislocation
GND Keyword:Demonstrativpronomen; Interaktionsanalyse; Komplementierer; Rechtsversetzung; das <Wort>
First Page:275
Last Page:301
This is a postprint of an article that was published in the book "Emergent syntax for conversation. Ed. by Yael Maschler etc. Amsterdam (u.a.) Benjamins 2020. (Studies in language and social interaction ; volume 32, pp. 275-301.
The published article is under copyright of Benjamins. The publisher should be contacted for permission to re-use or reprint the material in any form.
DDC classes:400 Sprache / 430 Deutsch / 430 Deutsch
Open Access?:ja
Leibniz-Classification:Sprache, Linguistik
Linguistics-Classification:Pragmalinguistik / Kommunikationsforschung
Program areas:P1: Interaktion
Licence (German):License LogoUrheberrechtlich geschützt