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11. German right dislocation and afterthought in discourse

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Abstract

I show that German right dislocation subsumes two distinct constructions, which I label <i>right dislocation proper </i>and <i>afterthought</i>. These differ in a number of prosodic, syntactic and semantic characteristics and also have different discoursefunctional properties. Right dislocation marks a discourse referent as especially salient on the current stage of the discourse. This requires the fulfilment of certain anaphoric constraints on the following discourse. Afterthought is a local reference clarification strategy and has no impact on the global discourse structure.

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