Discourse particles : formal approaches to their syntax and semantics / edited by Josef Bayer and Volker Struckmeier.

  • Berlin, [Germany] ; Boston, [Massachusetts] : De Gruyter, 2017.
  • ©2017
1 online resource (340 pages) : illustrations.


Linguistische Arbeiten, 0344-6727 ; Volume 564
Summary note
Particles have for the longest time been ignored by linguistic research. School-type grammars ignored them since they did not fit into pre-conceived notions of categories, and since they did not seem to enter into grammatical relations commonly discussed in the genre. Only in the last century did some publications discuss particles – and even then only from the perspective of their discourse and pragmatic functions, i.e. their dependance on certain previous contexts, and concluded that the function of particles for the grammar of sentences and their interpretation remains obscure. The current volume presents 11 new articles that take a fresh look at particles: As it turns out, particles inform many aspects of syntax and semantics, too – both diachronically and synchronically: Particles are shown to have fascinating syntactic properties with respect to projection, locality, movement and scope. Their interpretative contributions can be studied with the rigorous methods of formal semantics. Cross-linguistic and diachronic investigations shed new light on the genesis and development of these intriguing – and under-estimated – kinds of lexical elements.
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Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (ebrary, viewed February 27, 2017).
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In English.
  • Frontmatter
  • Contents
  • The status quo of research on discourse particles in syntax and semantics
  • The syntax and semantics of discourse particles
  • What you see is what you get: Chinese sentence-final particles as head-final complementizers
  • The syntax of Swedish modal particles
  • Discourse particles and hvað-exclamatives
  • Root infinitivals and modal particles. An interim report
  • Modal particles ≠ modal particles (= modal particles)
  • Discourse particles “embedded”: German ja in adjectival phrases
  • Combining ja and doch: A case of discourse structural iconicity
  • Discourse marker = discourse particle = thetical = modal particle? A futile comparison
  • Stressed and unstressed particles in Old Indic
  • On the status and the interpretation of the left-peripheral sentence particles inu and ia in Old High German
  • Index
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Issued also in print.
  • 979847568
  • 973836459
  • 10.1515/9783110497151
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