Pre- and post-positioning of wenn-clauses in spoken and written German

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AUER, Peter, 2000. Pre- and post-positioning of wenn-clauses in spoken and written German

@techreport{Auer2000post--12334, series={InLiSt - Interaction and Linguistic Structures}, title={Pre- and post-positioning of wenn-clauses in spoken and written German}, year={2000}, number={15}, author={Auer, Peter} }

2011-03-25T15:08:34Z Auer, Peter Pre- and post-positioning of wenn-clauses in spoken and written German 2000 application/pdf 2011-03-25T15:08:34Z deposit-license Auer, Peter This paper is concerned with the distinction between pre- and<br />postpositioned (initial and final) wenn-clauses in German, and<br />with the distinction between written and spoken language. A<br />simple cross-tabulation of the two features [spoken/written]<br />and [pre-/ postpositioned] (section 3) shows that initial<br />wenn-clauses are preferred in spoken German, but final<br />wenn-clauses are preferred in written German. These findings<br />are in need of an explanation, which will be given in sections 4<br />and 5. Section 2 sketches the main characteristics of German<br />wenn-clauses as compared to English conditional (if-) clauses.<br /><br />The findings and discussions in this paper are corpus-based.<br />They are partly quantitative, partly qualitative. With respect<br />to both dimensions, the claim is that a full understanding of<br />the syntax of (particularly) spoken language eludes the<br />possibilities of a purely introspective methodology. Of course,<br />no (quantitative or qualitative) corpus-based investigation can<br />do without a strong reliance on the analyst's knowledge<br />( intuition') about the language being researched; in fact,<br />finding valid generalizations always involves<br />Gedankenexperimente playing with structural changes in and<br />recontextualizations of the examples' eng

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