Discourse Particles: Descriptive and Theoretical Investigations on the Logical, Syntactic and Pragmatic Properties of Discourse Particles in German

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Werner Abraham
John Benjamins Publishing, 1991 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 338 pages
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This book is about particles in the narrower sense of the word as opposed to the broader meaning covering all uninflected words of a language. In the narrower meaning of the linguistic term particles can be distinguished between logical, or scalar particles and modal, or pragmatic particles. The semantic, pragmatic and syntactic properties of modal particles differ vastly from those of the scalar particles, on the one hand, and their homonymic counterparts functioning in different syntactic categories, on the other hand. The contributions to this volume offer the latest research on the semantic, pragmatic and syntactic properties of particles in the English and German language.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
The use of German ausgerechnet eben genau and gerade as focus particles
11
Focusing and backgrounding operators
37
An integrated analysis
85
On the semantics of modal particles
141
Wir sind ja doch alte Bekannte The use of Germanja and doch as modal particles
163
How does their illocutive force come about?
203
Neurolinguistic evidence
253
The treatment of function words in a new bilingual GermanEnglish dictionary
303
Index of names
329
Subject index
332
Index of particles and related lexemes
336
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