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Volume 37, Issue 2


Replication of R-pronouns in German dialects

Johannes Hein / Katja Barnickel
Published Online: 2018-10-24 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/zfs-2018-0009


A considerable number of German dialects exhibit doubled R-pronouns with pronominal adverbs (dadamit, dadafür, dadagegen). At first sight, this type of in situ replication seems to be completely redundant since its occurrence is independent of R-pronoun extraction/movement. The main purpose of this paper is to account for (i) the difference between dialects with regard to replication of R-pronouns and (ii) why an (apparently redundant) process of replication occurs. Following Müller (2000a), who considers R-pronouns to be a repair phenomenon, we present an analysis in the framework of Optimality Theory. We argue that replication of R-pronouns is a consequence of different rankings of universal requirements like e.g. the Inclusiveness Condition, the Lexical Integrity Hypothesis and Antilocality and that the interaction of these constraints results in the occurrence of replication.

Keywords: R-pronouns; Optimality Theory; doubling; German; dialectal variation

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Published Online: 2018-10-24

Published in Print: 2018-11-27

Citation Information: Zeitschrift für Sprachwissenschaft, Volume 37, Issue 2, Pages 171–204, ISSN (Online) 1613-3706, ISSN (Print) 0721-9067, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/zfs-2018-0009.

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