Advertisement

Discourse Particles as CCP-modifiers: German doch and ja as Context Filters

  • Lukas RieserEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 10091)

Abstract

This paper proposes an analysis of declaratives with the German discourse particles doch and ja as context change potentials (CCPs), imposing restrictions on input and output contexts consisting of public beliefs of the discourse participants. The analysis accounts for a wider range of data than previous approaches and makes novel predictions on the distribution of doch and ja by defining public beliefs as independent of fist-order beliefs, and modeling the difference between ja and doch in terms of whether a public belief of the addressee is presupposed (ja), or not (doch).

Keywords

German Discourse particles Context change potentials 

Notes

Acknowledgments

I thank Magda and Stefan Kaufmann for thorough discussion of and helpful comments on an earlier version, the audience at LENLS for comments, and Daisuke Bekki and Eric McCready for encouraging me to participate.

References

  1. 1.
    Asher, N., Lascarides, A.: Logics of Conversation. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge (2003)Google Scholar
  2. 2.
    Bárány, A.: Form and interpretation of the German discourse particles ja, doch and wohl. Master’s thesis, Universität Wien (2009)Google Scholar
  3. 3.
    Davis, C.: Constraining interpretation: Sentence final particles in Japanese. Ph.D. thesis, University of Massachusets, Amherst (2011)Google Scholar
  4. 4.
    Egg, M.: A unified account of the semantics of discourse particles. In: Proceedings of SIGDIAL 2010, pp. 132–138 (2010)Google Scholar
  5. 5.
    Grice, M., Baumann, S.: Deutsche intonation und GToBI. Linguistische Ber. 191, 267–298 (2002)Google Scholar
  6. 6.
    Grosz, P.: German doch: an element that triggers a contrast presupposition. Proc. CLS 46, 163–177 (2010)Google Scholar
  7. 7.
    Gunlogson, C.: True to form: Rising and falling declaratives as questions in English. Ph.D. thesis, UCSC (2003)Google Scholar
  8. 8.
    Gutzmann, D.: Use-conditional meaning: Studies in multidimensional semantics. Oxford Unviersity Press, Oxford (2015)CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  9. 9.
    Karagjosova, E.: Meaning and function of German modal particles. Ph.D. thesis, Universität des Saarlandes (2004)Google Scholar
  10. 10.
    Kaufmann, M., Kaufmann, S.: Epistemic particles and performativity. Proc. SALT 22, 208–225 (2012)CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  11. 11.
    Lindner, K.: ‘Wir sind ja doch alte Bekannte’. The use of German ja and doch as modal particles. In: Abraham, W. (ed.) Discourse Particles: Descriptive and theoretical investigations on the logical, syntactic and pragmatic properties of discourse particles in German, pp. 163–201. John Benjamins, Amsterdam (1991)Google Scholar
  12. 12.
    Ormelius-Sandblom, E.: Die Modalpartikeln ja, doch und schon. Zu ihrer Syntax, Semantik und Pragmatik. Almqvist & Wiksell International, Stockholm (1997)Google Scholar
  13. 13.
    Wassermann, R.: Resource-Bounded Belief Revision. Ph.D. thesis, University of Amsterdam (2000)Google Scholar
  14. 14.
    Zimmermann, M.: Discourse particles. In: von Maienborn, C., von Heusinger, K., Portner, P. (eds.) Semantics: An International Handbook of Natural Language Meaning, vol. 2, pp. 2012–2038. Mouton de Gruyter, Berlin (2011)Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer International Publishing AG 2017

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Graduate School of LettersKyoto UniversityKyotoJapan

Personalised recommendations