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Variation in English and German Nominal Coreference

A Study of Political Essays

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Kerstin Anna Kunz

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.
Contents: Variation in nominal coreference in English and German – Influencing Factors: Mental text processing, Systemic contrasts English-German, Register, Process of translation – Corpus-linguistic study of political essays – English and German originals, German translations from the English originals.