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)


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).


German Discourse particles Context change potentials 



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.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Graduate School of LettersKyoto UniversityKyotoJapan

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