Compensis, Paul ORCID: 0000-0003-3415-4844 (2022). Differential object indexing in Bulgarian - The role of discourse prominence and predictability. PhD thesis, Universität zu Köln.

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In this study, I argue that object reduplication in Bulgarian is a special encoding strategy that is concerned with discourse management and primarily used to mark (perceived) deviances from expectations with respect to the status of referents in discourse. In particular, I adopt a new perspective by capturing the phenomenon under discussion as a form of differential object marking with a person index, i.e., differential object indexing (DOI). Based on theoretical considerations, corpus evidence and a comprehensive empirical investigation, I reject the interpretation of Bulgarian DOI as a topic marker and suggest a functional explanation in terms of discourse prominence. In addition, I emphasize the role of predictability as a relevant dimension underlying this type of differential marking. I present evidence from acceptability judgment studies and web-based experiments suggesting that DOI in Bulgarian is typically used to (re-)activate or clarify the discourse prominence status of a less prominent referent. In terms of processing, I present the results from an ERP experiment and a visual cueing web-experiment showing that the presence of an object index during online processing modulates (discourse-based) expectations, initiates discourse updating and interacts with (visually induced) salience of a referent. Throughout this study, I elaborate on the association of discourse prominence and language-related predictability with more general cognitive mechanisms, such as attention and predictions.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD thesis)
CreatorsEmailORCIDORCID Put Code
Thesis advisorSchumacher, Petra
Thesis advisorGarcía García,
URN: urn:nbn:de:hbz:38-628931
Series Name at the University of Cologne: Papers on Prominence
Series Name: 21
Date: 2022
Place of Publication: Köln
Language: English
Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Humanities
Divisions: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Fächergruppe 3: Deutsche Sprache und Literatur > Institut für Deutsche Sprache und Literatur I
Subjects: Language, Linguistics
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Uncontrolled Keywords:
Differential object indexing; Object agreement; Bulgarian; Psycholinguistics; Neurolinguistics; Discourse prominence; Prominence in language; Prediction in language; Predictability; Differential object markingEnglish
Date of oral exam: 12 July 2022
NameAcademic Title
Schumacher, Petra B.Prof. Dr.
García García, MarcoProf. Dr.
Hellwig, BirgitProf. Dr.
Becker, MartinProf. Dr.
Refereed: Yes


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