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Facets of Linguistics

Proceedings of the 14 th Norddeutsches Linguistisches Kolloquium 2013 in Halle an der Saale


Edited By Anne Ammermann, Alexander Brock, Jana Pflaeging and Peter Schildhauer

This volume aims to represent the breadth and depth of current linguistic research of predominantly young linguists and thus to produce a snapshot of topical linguistic issues and trends. Therefore, it presents papers from systemic linguistics next to ones on text linguistics, sociolinguistics and the didactics of language. The volume is based on talks given at the 14 th Norddeutsches Linguistisches Kolloquium 2013 in Halle an der Saale. The book contains 14 contributions in English, and three in German.
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The Faces of the German Adverb garantiert


Bjarne Ørsnes


The article provides a description of the syntax and semantics of the German adverb garantiert (‘guaranteed’). This adverb is particular in that it can be both emphasising and relativising, meaning either definitely or most probably. I show that the adverb can modify an adjective, a verb or a whole clause and that the interpretation is highly dependent on the context. I provide a unified analysis and claim that the relativising semantics arises as a conversational implicature.

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