Article published in:Constraints in Discourse
Edited by Anton Benz and Peter Kühnlein
[Pragmatics & Beyond New Series 172] 2008
► pp. 225–247
11. German right dislocation and afterthought in discourse
I show that German right dislocation subsumes two distinct constructions, which I label right dislocation proper and afterthought. These differ in a number of prosodic, syntactic and semantic characteristics and also have different discoursefunctional properties. Right dislocation marks a discourse referent as especially salient on the current stage of the discourse. This requires the fulfilment of certain anaphoric constraints on the following discourse. Afterthought is a local reference clarification strategy and has no impact on the global discourse structure.
Published online: 10 April 2008
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