Claus, Berry, Meijer, A. Marlijn, Repp, Sophie and Krifka, Manfred (2017). Puzzling response particles: An experimental study on the German answering system. Semant. Pragmat., 10. WASHINGTON: LINGUISTIC SOC AMER. ISSN 1937-8912

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Abstract

This paper addresses the use and interpretation of the German response particles ja, nein, and doch. In four experiments, we collected acceptabilityjudgement data for the full paradigm of standard German particles in responses to positive and negative assertions. The experiments were designed to test the empirical validity of two recent accounts of response particles, Roelofsen & Farkas (2015) and Krifka (2013), which view response particles as propositional anaphors. The results for responses to negative antecedents were unpredicted and inconsistent with either account. A further unexpected finding was that there was large interindividual variation in the acceptability patterns for affirming responses to negative antecedents to the extent that most speakers found ja more acceptable whereas some found nein more acceptable. We discuss possible revisions of the two accounts to model the findings, and explore in how far the findings can be accounted for in alternative, ellipsis accounts of response particles.

Item Type: Journal Article
Creators:
CreatorsEmailORCIDORCID Put Code
Claus, BerryUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Meijer, A. MarlijnUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Repp, SophieUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Krifka, ManfredUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
URN: urn:nbn:de:hbz:38-244137
DOI: 10.3765/sp.10.19
Journal or Publication Title: Semant. Pragmat.
Volume: 10
Date: 2017
Publisher: LINGUISTIC SOC AMER
Place of Publication: WASHINGTON
ISSN: 1937-8912
Language: English
Faculty: Unspecified
Divisions: Unspecified
Subjects: no entry
Uncontrolled Keywords:
KeywordsLanguage
QUESTIONS; SYNTAX; NOMultiple languages
Linguistics; Language & LinguisticsMultiple languages
Refereed: Yes
URI: http://kups.ub.uni-koeln.de/id/eprint/24413

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