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Title: Presentational/Existential Structures in Spoken versus Written German: Es Gibt and SEIN
Author: Regina Weinert
Institution: University of Sheffield
Linguistic Field: Text/Corpus Linguistics
Subject Language: German
Abstract: This article presents a synchronic, corpus-based examination of spoken German with regard to the distribution and function of presentational/ existential es gibt NP and a range of SEIN NP structures such as da SEIN, locative SEIN, es SEIN, and zero-locative SEIN. In particular, the use of da SEIN has been neglected in previous research. While es gibt is equally frequent in the spoken and written data, SEIN structures are typical of spoken German only, with da SEIN being the most frequent. The article concentrates on clauses with indefinite NPs, while the presentation of events with da and wider da-usage in spoken German are also considered.

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This article appears IN Journal of Germanic Linguistics Vol. 25, Issue 1.

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