Fuchs, Melanie and Schumacher, Petra B. ORCID: 0000-0003-0263-8502 (2020). Referential shift potential of demonstrative pronouns – Evidence from text continuation. Demonstratives in Discourse. pp. 185-213. Berlin: Language Science Press.

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In this chapter, we explore different discourse functions of two types of German demonstrative pronouns compared to the personal pronoun. Utilising a continuation task, we first demonstrate that personal and demonstrative pronouns refer back to different referents from previous discourse. We then show that anaphoric pronouns can also initiate a referential shift towards a previously less prominent referent in upcoming discourse, and we compare three types of pronouns in this regard. We also demonstrate that the referential shift potential is modulated by context-dependent factors. Furthermore, we present evidence that the two demonstrative pronouns differ in the duration of their discourse structuring capacity in the unfolding text.

Item Type: Journal Article
CreatorsEmailORCIDORCID Put Code
Schumacher, Petra B.petra.schumacher@uni-koeln.deorcid.org/0000-0003-0263-8502UNSPECIFIED
URN: urn:nbn:de:hbz:38-376998
DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.4055826
Journal or Publication Title: Demonstratives in Discourse
Page Range: pp. 185-213
Date: September 2020
Publisher: Language Science Press
Place of Publication: Berlin
Language: English
Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Humanities
Divisions: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Fächergruppe 1: Kunstgeschichte, Musikwissenschaft, Medienkultur und Theater, Linguistik, IDH > Institut für Linguistik
Subjects: Language, Linguistics
Refereed: Yes
URI: http://kups.ub.uni-koeln.de/id/eprint/37699


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