Counting markedness : a corpus investigation on German free relative constructions

  • This paper reports the results of a corpus investigation on case conflicts in German argument free relative constructions. We investigate how corpus frequencies reflect the relative markedness of free relative and correlative constructions, the relative markedness of different case conflict configurations, and the relative markedness of different conflict resolution strategies. Section 1 introduces the conception of markedness as used in Optimality Theory. Section 2 introduces the facts about German free relative clauses, and section 3 presents the results of the corpus study. By and large, markedness and frequency go hand in hand. However, configurations at the highest end of the markedness scale rarely show up in corpus data, and for the configuration at the lowest end we found an unexpected outcome: the more marked structure is preferred.

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Author:Ralf Vogel, Marco Zugck
Parent Title (English):Experimental studies in linguistics, Teil: 1, Linguistics in Potsdam ; 21
Place of publication:Potsdam
Editor:Susann Fischer, Ruben Florentius Hendricus Eduardus van de Vijver, Ralf Vogel
Document Type:Part of a Book
Year of Completion:2004
Year of first Publication:2004
Publishing Institution:Universitätsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg
Contributing Corporation:Universität Potsdam
Release Date:2010/05/25
GND Keyword:Deutsch; Optimalitätstheorie; Syntax; Satzanalyse; Relativsatz; Experiment; Linguistik
Page Number:18
First Page:105
Last Page:122
Source:(in:) Susann Fischer, Ruben van de Vijver, Ralf Vogel (Ed.): Experimental studies in linguistics 1. - Potsdam: Univ.-Verl., [2004], S. 105–122. (Linguistics in Potsdam; 21)
Contributor:Fischer, Susann (Hg.) , Vijver, Ruben van de (Hg.) , Vogel, Ralf (Hg.)
Institutes:keine Angabe Fachbereich / Extern
Dewey Decimal Classification:4 Sprache / 43 Deutsch, germanische Sprachen allgemein / 430 Germanische Sprachen; Deutsch
Sammlungen:Germanistik / GiNDok
Germanistik / GindokWeimar
Linguistik-Klassifikation:Linguistik-Klassifikation: Syntax
Licence (German):License LogoDeutsches Urheberrecht