A discourse model for überhaupt

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Tania Rojas-Esponda


The German particle "überhaupt" exhibits a variety of uses with seemingly unrelated meanings. Correspondingly, only partial and non-unified theoretical accounts have been proposed. I show how the various intuitions and ostensibly different meanings can be derived from a unified characterization of "überhaupt" as a move to a higher-level question under discussion. The account explains how "überhaupt" could correspond to a single word in German, and it provides additional support for questions under discussion as an important aspect of contexts.


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Tania Rojas-Esponda, Stanford University

I am a PhD student in the linguistics department at Stanford. I did my BA at Princeton in the mathematics department. My native languages are German and Spanish. I am a citizen of Germany.