Augustin Speyer

List of John Benjamins publications for which Augustin Speyer plays a role.


Particles in German, English, and Beyond

Edited by Remus Gergel, Ingo Reich and Augustin Speyer

[Studies in Language Companion Series, 224] 2022. vi, 382 pp.
Subjects Syntax | Theoretical linguistics


Speyer, Augustin and Sophia Voigtmann 2023 Chapter 11. Factors for the integration of causal clauses in the history of GermanMicro- and Macro-variation of Causal Clauses: Synchronic and Diachronic Insights, Jędrzejowski, Łukasz and Constanze Fleczoreck (eds.), pp. 311–345 | Chapter
The variation between integrated (verb-final) and independent (verb-second) causal clauses in German could depend on the amount of information conveyed in that clause. A lower amount might lead to integration, a higher amount to independence, as processing constraints might forbid integration of… read more
Gergel, Remus, Ingo Reich and Augustin Speyer 2022 Chapter 1. Particles: A brief synchronic, diachronic and contrastive introductionParticles in German, English, and Beyond, Gergel, Remus, Ingo Reich and Augustin Speyer (eds.), pp. 1–24 | Chapter
This chapter provides a general background to the field of particles by introducing major classifications and considerations from synchronic, diachronic, and contrastive perspectives. It builds on earlier literature from the respective fields. In doing so, it also prepares the ground for the… read more
Speyer, Augustin 2022 Discourse relations and the German prefieldLanguage Change at the Interfaces: Intrasentential and intersentential phenomena, Catasso, Nicholas, Marco Coniglio and Chiara De Bastiani (eds.), pp. 215–234 | Chapter
The prefield in German declarative main clauses (i.e. the area left of the tensed verb) usually contains exactly one phrase. As I showed in earlier work, the phrase-selection is guided by information-structural factors, scene-setting elements being preferred over contrastive elements, which in… read more
This paper presents an analysis of the linguistic realization of discourse relations across and within English and German discourse, comparing the genres of newspaper editorial and personal narrative. It concentrates on Continuation, Narration and Contrast, and Elaboration, Explanation and… read more
An important task of the verb in German is to indicate sentence type. Depending on where the verb is positioned, the clause is a declarative (verb after the first constituent, which can be any constituent), wh-interrogative (verb after the first constituent, being the wh-phrase),… read more
The Centering status of a referent and the coherence relation of the discourse unit in which the referent is used are potential factors for anaphor resolution. In Old High German, as exemplified with Otfrid’s Evangelienbuch, there is a strong tendency for this generalisation – Backward looking… read more
Speyer, Augustin and Anita Fetzer 2018 “Well would you believe it, I have failed the exam again”: Discourse relations in English and German personal narrativesAnglo-German Discourse Crossings and Contrasts, Jaworska, Sylvia and Torsten Leuschner (eds.), pp. 26–51 | Article
This paper compares the linguistic realization of coordinating and subordinating discourse relations in English and German short personal narratives, paying particular attention to the context-dependence of (1) their overt marking with discourse connectives, and (2) their adjacent and… read more
Speyer, Augustin 2015 AcI and control infinitives: How different are they? A diachronic approachThe Diachrony of Infinitival Patterns: Their origin, development and loss, Demske, Ulrike and Łukasz Jędrzejowski (eds.), pp. 41–71 | Article
In German, there are two infinitive constructions for complement infinitives, the accusativus cum infinitivo (AcI) and the object control infinitive construction (OCIC). Both constructions have nearly identical structures, where the logical subject of the infinitive is a distinct constituent from… read more
Speyer, Augustin and Anita Fetzer 2014 The coding of discourse relations in English and German argumentative discourseThe Pragmatics of Discourse Coherence: Theories and applications, Gruber, Helmut and Gisela Redeker (eds.), pp. 87–119 | Article
This chapter examines contrastively the overt and non-overt coding of discourse relations in British English and German editorials. Particular attention is given to the linguistic coding of discourse relations between adjacently and non-adjacently positioned discourse units, and to the question… read more
Speyer, Augustin 2010 Filling the German vorfeld in written and spoken discourseDiscourses in Interaction, Tanskanen, Sanna-Kaisa, Marja-Liisa Helasvuo, Marjut Johansson and Mia Raitaniemi (eds.), pp. 263–290 | Article
The sentence-initial position (vorfeld) in German is filled in accordance with discourse structural consideration. Several types of elements compete for this position. Their distribution can be modelled by Stochastic Optimality Theory. It is filled in general by phrases that have at least one of… read more
Speyer, Augustin 2008 13. German vorfeld-filling as constraint interactionConstraints in Discourse, Benz, Anton and Peter Kühnlein (eds.), pp. 267–290 | Article
The filling of the vorfeld (= clause-initial position in German declarative clauses) depends on information structural rather than strictly syntactic constraints. Referential phrases of one of the following three types are eligible for the vorfeld: scene-setting elements, contrastive elements and… read more
Speyer, Augustin 2005 Verba sic spernit mea: The usage of rupture of coherence in Seneca's tragediesOpening Windows on Texts and Discourses of the Past, Skaffari, Janne, Matti Peikola, Ruth Carroll, Risto Hiltunen and Brita Wårvik (eds.), pp. 237–256 | Article
To obtain textual coherence two things are important: a match between the concepts of an utterance with those of the preceding utterance (semantic coherence) and, crucial especially in dialogue, the fulfilment of the first speaker's intentions and perlocutionary acts by the following speaker's… read more