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Adverbial clauses and V3

Eva Csipak
Published Online: 2019-07-11 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/lingvan-2019-0005


This paper discusses word order effects in German adverbial clauses: often, the matrix clause can exhibit either V2 or V3 word order. I argue that adverbial clauses with V3 word order have an obligatory ‘biscuit’ interpretation and receive a speech act modifying interpretation, as has previously only been argued for ‘biscuit conditionals’. I show that this phenomenon holds more generally. On the other hand, a pragmatic analysis for V2 biscuit conditionals remains necessary.

Keywords: biscuit conditionals; German; V3 word order; speech act modification


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About the article

Received: 2018-06-25

Accepted: 2019-03-12

Published Online: 2019-07-11

Funding Source: Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft

Award identifier / Grant number: RU FOR1614

The study was supported by Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft, The grant home page: https://whatifkn.wordpress.com/, Grant Number: RU FOR1614 What If.

Citation Information: Linguistics Vanguard, Volume 5, Issue s3, 20190005, ISSN (Online) 2199-174X, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/lingvan-2019-0005.

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