The sentence-initial constituent of declarative main clauses in German that immediately precedes the finite verb (the Vorfeld, 'prefield') is not grammatically determined, but is rather influenced by information structure i.e. the presentation of old and new information in a sentence. It contributes to local coherence – the fluency of a text on a… (More)
Learner corpora consist of texts produced by second language (L2) learners. I We present ALeS Ko, a learner corpus of Chinese L2 learners of German and discuss the multi-layer annotation of the left sentence periphery-notably the Vorfeld.
The ALesKo learner corpus is a small-scale comparable corpus consisting of two subcorpora: annotated essays by advanced Chinese learners of German and comparable essays by German native speakers. The motivation for its compilation was the investigation of discourse-related phenomena such as local coherence in second-language acquisition of German. After… (More)