Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Show Summary Details
More options …
Open access from 2017!

Zeitschrift für Sprachwissenschaft

IMPACT FACTOR 2018: 0.650
5-year IMPACT FACTOR: 0.737

CiteScore 2018: 0.60

SCImago Journal Rank (SJR) 2018: 0.267
Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP) 2018: 0.396

Open Access
See all formats and pricing
More options …
Volume 32, Issue 2


Weil-V2“-Sätze und (k)ein Ende? Anmerkungen zur Analyse von Antomo & Steinbach (2010)

Marga Reis
Published Online: 2013-10-29 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/zfs-2013-0008


In this paper I take issue with Antomo & Steinbach’s (2010) analysis of so-called weil-V2 clauses, by which the syntactic, semantic, and pragmatic properties distinguishing them from integrated verb-final weil-clauses are claimed to all follow from two central factors: (i) parataxis triggering prosodic desintegration, (ii) V2-order triggering assertional force potential. Support for this analysis is sought in a close comparison of weil-V2 clauses with V2 complement and relative clauses, which is claimed to reveal pertinent functional and structural parallels. – In arguing against this analysis, I show, first, that the assertional status of the weil-V2 clause is triggered solely by the semantics of weil in combination with true main clause status, hence V2 as such plays no role; second, that the argument from subordinate V2-cases fails as well; third, that the broader interpretational range of weil-V2 clauses is completely shared by unintegrated verb-final weil-clauses; hence this difference to integrated verb-final weil-clauses cannot be due to ±parataxis and/or ±V2, but only to ±syntactic desintegration and/or ±root status. In concluding, I summarize the central factors an alternative compositional analysis of weil-V2 clauses could be based on, and sketch two problems remaining for either analysis.

Keywords: assertion; verb-second; (des)integration; parataxis; weil-clause

About the article

Published Online: 2013-10-29

Published in Print: 2013-10-28

Citation Information: Zeitschrift für Sprachwissenschaft, Volume 32, Issue 2, Pages 221–262, ISSN (Online) 1613-3706, ISSN (Print) 0721-9067, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/zfs-2013-0008.

Export Citation

©2013 Walter de Gruyter GmbH, Berlin Boston.Get Permission

Citing Articles

Here you can find all Crossref-listed publications in which this article is cited. If you would like to receive automatic email messages as soon as this article is cited in other publications, simply activate the “Citation Alert” on the top of this page.

Roland Schäfer and Ulrike Sayatz
Written Language & Literacy, 2016, Volume 19, Number 2, Page 212
Holger Hopp and Michael T. Putnam
Linguistic Approaches to Bilingualism, 2015, Volume 5, Number 2, Page 180

Comments (0)

Please log in or register to comment.
Log in