Anaphoric topic-shift devices

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Abstract

West-European languages use definite articles for distinguishing arguments as previously mentioned, c.q. presupposed. Just like definite articles, 3 rd person pronouns can be indexed for a discourse mentioned antecedent. In addition, there are devices indicating whether the topic of a clause is the same as the topic of the preceding clause (topic-maintenance) or different from it (topic-shift). These topic-shift/topic-maintenance tactics vary with the type of language.
The present paper will characterize the topic-shift anaphoric pronouns in Germanic and Romance languages and range them upon a saliency scale (cf. Ariel 1990, 2001, Givón 1983, Gundel et al. 1993). This will bring about a new analysis of Ariel’s accessibility hierarchy. Germanic and Romance languages use different means for the same topic-shift device. A longitudinal study of Dutch and French child language shows that early child language already reveals the topic-shifting elements in otherwise typologically different languages.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages40
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2007
Event29th Annual Meeting of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Sprachwissenschaft (DGfS) ‘Workshop on Anaphoric uses of demonstrative expressions’ - Siegen, Germany
Duration: 1 Jan 2007 → …

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Other29th Annual Meeting of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Sprachwissenschaft (DGfS) ‘Workshop on Anaphoric uses of demonstrative expressions’
Country/TerritoryGermany
CitySiegen
Period1/01/07 → …

Keywords

  • topic-shift
  • Germanic d-pronouns
  • Romance CLLD
  • acquisition

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