Discourse Particles

Descriptive and theoretical investigations on the logical, syntactic and pragmatic properties of discourse particles in German

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  • Editor: Werner Abraham
  • Format: PDF
  • Publication Year: 1991
  • e-Book ISBN 9789027283313

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.

Subjects: Discourse studies; Syntax; Germanic linguistics; Theoretical linguistics; Pragmatics

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