Article published in:Register Variation and Syntactic Theory
Edited by Diane Massam and Tim Stowell
[Linguistic Variation 17:2] 2017
► pp. 186–204
On the omission of articles and copulae in German newspaper headlines
This paper argues based on a corpus-linguistic study that both omitted articles and copulae in German headlines are to be treated as null elements NA and NC. Both items need to be licensed by a specific (parsing) strategy known as discourse orientation (Huang, 1984), which is also applicable in the special register of headlines. It is shown that distinguishing between discourse and sentence orientation and correlating these two strategies with λ-binding and existential quantification, respectively, naturally accounts for an asymmetry in article omission observed in Stowell (1991).
Keywords: syntax, formal semantics, formal pragmatics, register variation, headlines, ellipsis, article omission, copula omission, discourse orientation
Published online: 26 January 2018
Huang, James C. T.
Massam, Diane & Tim Stowell
eds. to appear Linguistic variation on register and syntactic theory Amsterdam, Philadelphia John Benjamins Special Issue of Linguistic Variation edited by Jeroen van Craenenbroeck
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