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Constructions with Turkish şey and its German equivalent dings in Turkish-German conversations

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Abstract

An example of Turkish-German language contact and the employment of resources of Turkish in the mixed language is a construction with the dummy word şey (‘thing’). Şey occupies the position of a noun, an adverb or a verb (another verb plus the light verb yapmak ‘to do/make’) within a phrase. Following completion of the syntactic unit, which in Turkish is marked by the finite verb, the dummy word is replaced by the correct noun. The main objective of my study is to describe a similar construction of Turkish-German produced with the German equivalent dings (meaning ‘thing’). The prosodic features which I consider a distinctive cue will show how the two languages interplay on more than one structural level.

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