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'Der und der hat mir neulich das und das erzählt': On the Interpretation of DPs with Article Conjunction

Cieschinger, Maria ; Ebert, Cornelia

9. Norddeutsches Linguistisches Kolloquium (NLK2008 Bielefeld)
Bielefeld, 5. - 6. März 2008

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Abstract:
In this paper, we investigate DPs with article-conjunction heads in German (AC-DPs). We argue that they are non-referential expressions, which impose certain constraints on the discourse model in which they can felicitously be used. We suggest that AC-DPs presuppose the existence of a previous conversation between the speaker and someone other than the hearer, and that a definite or a name was used in this conversation to refer to the referent of the AC-DP. We also illustrate how the use of AC-DPs can be explained by way of general pragmatic principles like 'Maximise Presupposition'.


Keywords: Definiteness , Presuppositions , Maximise Presupposition
Institution: Faculty of Linguistics und Literature
DDC classification: Language, linguistics

Suggested Citation:
Cieschinger, Maria ; Ebert, Cornelia  (2008)  'Der und der hat mir neulich das und das erzählt': On the Interpretation of DPs with Article Conjunction . NLK-Proceedings : 9. Norddeutsches Linguistisches Kolloquium (NLK2008 Bielefeld)


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