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The Syntax of Discourse Particles

Andreas Trotzke
University of Konstanz and CSLI
Stanford University
November 11, 2016 - 1:30pm
Margaret Jacks Hall, Greenberg Room (460-126)

German discourse particles are geared to certain clause types (declarative, polar interrogative, wh-interrogative, exclamative, imperative) and arise mainly in root clauses. They make a semantic contribution by co-determining the illocutionary force of an utterance. In this talk, I approach the phenomenon of discourse particles from a syntactic perspective and address the following questions: (i) What is the syntactic status of discourse particles? How are they merged? (ii) How is the clause-type sensitivity of discourse particles implemented?

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