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Specificity, Referentiality and Discourse Prominence: German Indefinite Demonstratives

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  title={Specificity, Referentiality and Discourse Prominence: German Indefinite Demonstratives},
  author={Klaus von Heusinger},
  year={2011}
}
There are various notions of specificity, ranging from Fodor & Sag’s (1982) referentiality view to Givón’s (1983) discourse prominence view. Ionin (2006) discusses the relation between these two perspectives by analyzing the English indefinite this. She represents indefinite this as a referential operator in the sense of Fodor & Sag (1982), but also adds the felicity condition of “noteworthiness”. She notes that it is an open question how these two properties of indefinite this are linked to… 

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