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
The Faces of the German Adverb garantiert
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.