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Between Specification and Explanation: About a German Discourse Particle

Between Specification and Explanation: About a German Discourse Particle <jats:sec><jats:title>Abstract</jats:title><jats:p>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.</jats:p> </jats:sec> http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Review of Pragmatics Brill

Between Specification and Explanation: About a German Discourse Particle

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Publisher
Brill
Copyright
© 2011 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
ISSN
1877-3095
eISSN
1877-3109
DOI
10.1163/187731011X561036
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Abstract

<jats:sec><jats:title>Abstract</jats:title><jats:p>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.</jats:p> </jats:sec>

Journal

International Review of PragmaticsBrill

Published: Jan 1, 2011

Keywords: SPECIFICATION; CONTEXT MARKERS; QUESTIONS; DISCOURSE STRUCTURE; DISCOURSE PARTICLES

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