Diskurspragmatische Faktoren für Topikalität und Verbstellung in der ahd. Tatianübersetzung (9. Jh.)

  • The paper presents work in progress on the interaction between information structure and word order in Old High German based on data from the Tatian translation (9th century). The examination of the position of the finite verb in correspondence with the pragmatic status of discourse referents reveals an overall tendency for verb-initial order in thetic/all-focus sentences, whereas in categorical / topic-comment sentences verb-second placement with an initial topic constituent is preferred. This conclusion provides support for the hypothesis stated in Donhauser & Hinterhölzl (2003) that the finite verb form in Early Germanic serves to distinguish the information-structural domains of Topic and Focus. Finally, the investigation sheds light on the process of language change that led to the overall spread of verb-second in main clauses of modern German.

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Author:Roland Hinterhölzl, Svetlana Petrova, Michael Solf
Parent Title (German):Approaches and findings in oral, written and gestural language / Ishihara, S., M. Schmitz, and A. Schwarz (eds.) ; Working Papers of the SFB 632, Interdisciplinary studies on information structure ; Vol. 3
Place of publication:Potsdam
Document Type:Part of a Book
Year of Completion:2005
Year of first Publication:2005
Publishing Institution:Universitätsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg
Release Date:2008/11/06
Tag:information structure; language change; verb placement in Germanic
Page Number:40
First Page:143
Last Page:182
Der vorliegende Beitrag ist eine überarbeitete Fassung unseres Vortrags auf dem 3. Internen Workshop des SFBs 632 „Informationsstruktur“ vom 22.–24. Oktober 2004 in Gülpe.
Source:In: S. Ishihara / M. Schmitz / A. Schwarz : Approaches and Findings in Oral, Written and Gestural Language : Interdisciplinary Studies on Information Structure (ISIS), 3, 2005, S.143-182 ; http://www.sfb632.uni-potsdam.de/publications/isis03_5hinterhoelzl
Dewey Decimal Classification:4 Sprache / 40 Sprache / 400 Sprache
Licence (German):License LogoDeutsches Urheberrecht