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Fictive Questions in Conditionals? Synchronic and Diachronic Evidence from German and English

Torsten Leuschner UGent (2016) The Conversation Frame: Forms and Functions of Fictive Interaction. In Human Cognitive Processing 55. p.193-213
abstract
This chapter discusses the alleged emergence of verb-first (V1) conditionals in English and German from question-driven fictive interaction of the type A: p? (B: Yes.) A: Then q. Since this scenario proves impossible to maintain with regard to English, an alternative model is proposed treating V1 as the grammaticalized residue of a stage in ancient Germanic at which word-order options were determined pragmatically instead of syntactically. The chapter shows that the conversational frame left its mark on V1-conditionals indirectly through the period as a rhetorical discourse unit in which V1 emerged as a marker of conditionality. This happened in different ways linked in part to the divergence of word-order systems between English and German.
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rhetorical discourse unit, verb-first conditionals, grammaticalization, Germanic
book title
The Conversation Frame: Forms and Functions of Fictive Interaction
editor
Esther Pascual and Sergeiy Sandler
series title
Human Cognitive Processing
volume
55
pages
193 - 213
publisher
John Benjamins
place of publication
Amsterdam/Philadelphia
ISBN
9789027246714
language
English
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B2
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7086363
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http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-7086363
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2016-02-15 20:58:17
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  abstract     = {This chapter discusses the alleged emergence of verb-first (V1) conditionals in English and German from question-driven fictive interaction of the type A: p? (B: Yes.) A: Then q. Since this scenario proves impossible to maintain with regard to English, an alternative model is proposed treating V1 as the grammaticalized residue of a stage in ancient Germanic at which word-order options were determined pragmatically instead of syntactically. The chapter shows that the conversational frame left its mark on V1-conditionals indirectly through the period as a rhetorical discourse unit in which V1 emerged as a marker of conditionality. This happened in different ways linked in part to the divergence of word-order systems between English and German.},
  author       = {Leuschner, Torsten},
  booktitle    = {The Conversation Frame: Forms and Functions of Fictive Interaction},
  editor       = {Pascual, Esther and Sandler, Sergeiy},
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  keyword      = {rhetorical discourse unit,verb-first conditionals,grammaticalization,Germanic},
  language     = {eng},
  pages        = {193--213},
  publisher    = {John Benjamins},
  series       = {Human Cognitive Processing},
  title        = {Fictive Questions in Conditionals? Synchronic and Diachronic Evidence from German and English},
  volume       = {55},
  year         = {2016},
}

Chicago
Leuschner, Torsten. 2016. “Fictive Questions in Conditionals? Synchronic and Diachronic Evidence from German and English.” In The Conversation Frame: Forms and Functions of Fictive Interaction, ed. Esther Pascual and Sergeiy Sandler, 55:193–213. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins.
APA
Leuschner, T. (2016). Fictive Questions in Conditionals? Synchronic and Diachronic Evidence from German and English. In E. Pascual & S. Sandler (Eds.), The Conversation Frame: Forms and Functions of Fictive Interaction (Vol. 55, pp. 193–213). Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins.
Vancouver
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Leuschner T. Fictive Questions in Conditionals? Synchronic and Diachronic Evidence from German and English. In: Pascual E, Sandler S, editors. The Conversation Frame: Forms and Functions of Fictive Interaction. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins; 2016. p. 193–213.
MLA
Leuschner, Torsten. “Fictive Questions in Conditionals? Synchronic and Diachronic Evidence from German and English.” The Conversation Frame: Forms and Functions of Fictive Interaction. Ed. Esther Pascual & Sergeiy Sandler. Vol. 55. Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins, 2016. 193–213. Print.