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Between Specification and Explanation. About a German Discourse Particle

  • This paper provides a unified semantic and discourse pragmatic analysis of the German particle nämlich, traditionally described as having a specificational and an explanative reading. Our claim is that nämlich is a discourse marker which signals that the expression it is attached to is a short (elliptic) answer to a salient implicit question about the previous utterance. We show how both the explanative and the specificational reading can be derived from this more general semantic contribution. In addition we discuss some cross linguistic consequences of our analysis.

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Author:Edgar Onea, Anna Volodina
URN:urn:nbn:de:bsz:mh39-53059
DOI:https://doi.org/10.1163/187731011X561036
ISSN:1877-3109
Parent Title (English):International Review of Pragmatics
Publisher:Brill
Place of publication:Leiden
Document Type:Article
Language:English
Year of first Publication:2011
Date of Publication (online):2016/09/27
Publicationstate:Postprint
Reviewstate:Peer-review
Tag:context markers; discourse particles; discourse structure; questions; specification
GND Keyword:Deutsch; Diskursmarker; Konversationsanalyse
Volume:3
Issue:1
First Page:3
Last Page:32
Dewey Decimal Classification:400 Sprache / 410 Linguistik
Leibniz-Classification:Sprache, Linguistik
Linguistics-Classification:Pragmalinguistik / Kommunikationsforschung
Open Access?:Ja
Licence (German):Es gilt das UrhG