Variation in English and German Nominal Coreference

A Study of Political Essays

by Kerstin Anna Kunz (Author)
©2010 Thesis 418 Pages

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The topic of this work is nominal coreference in English and German. Its focus is on coreference relations that establish textual coherence and continuity above the local level of the clause. The book shows how linguistic options for creating coreference in English and German can be interpreted against the background of their motivating factors. It discusses mental text processing, German-English systemic contrasts and register peculiarities as possible sources for variation on different linguistic levels. Hermeneutic and example-based observations are complemented by a corpus-linguistic analysis of English and German political essays and German translations from the English originals. The study finally highlights linguistic and functional correlations of coreference instantiations in English and German texts, additionally shedding light on coreference strategies employed in translations. It thus yields an incentive for future research as well as providing a wealth of insights for language and translation teaching.


ISBN (Hardcover)
register process of translation corpus-linguistic study mental text processing
Frankfurt am Main, Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2010. XXII, 418 pp., num. tables and graphs

Biographical notes

Kerstin Anna Kunz (Author)

Kerstin Anna Kunz was born in 1977. After studying in Regensburg and Saarbrücken, she graduated as a translator at the Saarland University in 2003. Since then, she has been involved in research and teaching at the Department for Applied Linguistics, Translating and Interpreting at Saarland University. She received her Ph.D. in 2009.


Title: Variation in English and German Nominal Coreference