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This project focuses on the question of which linguistic means are used in German text sources of the fifteenth and sixteenth century to code information structures at the textual level. We are assessing two information structuring procedures: (i) communicative weighting by means of relative upgrading or downgrading of information units in compound sentences, and (ii) the linearization of text segments in asymmetrical discourse relationships. This methodology has particular relevance because the selected timeframe is characterized within the language by the formation and consolidation of formal markers for information downgrading, and outside of the language by a transition from oral to written forms of narration.
Website for Project B11 in SFB 632
Project duration: July 2012 to June 2015