Temporality and syntactic structure

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In German syntax, the so-called right verb brace, which is occupied either by the non-finite parts of the verb or a predicative, signals a strong syntactic boundary of a clause after which – at least from a normative perspective – only few further elements are allowed to occur. Nevertheless, in spoken German one can find many instances where words or phrases are uttered after the right verb brace which – canonically speaking – should have been placed before it. This article analyzes one class of such ‘misplaced’ items, namely post-positioned intensifiers, from a temporal and interactional perspective on language.


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