Sharpening the adequacy of a characterisation.

Abstract : In this paper, we propose a characterisation for the German particle gerade (just/ precisely) that tries to capture the intuition of "emphatic assertion of identity" (König 1991 a,b) in terms of an operation of comparison. Stated informally, gerade helps to "sharpen the perception of adequacy" of the description expressed by the associate. The focus-background partition is exploited to identify the elements in the identity relation, and the effect of sharpening cornes about by asserting the superiority of the associate over the alternatives with respect to the issue under discussion.
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Gerhard Schaden, Lucia Tovena. Sharpening the adequacy of a characterisation.. Sprache und Datenverarbeitung, 2009, vol. 33 (1-2), pp. 122-137. ⟨halshs-00599357⟩

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