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"Aso du chasch nòcher chasch fasch überaal mitrede" und andere Apokoinus in Spontansprachdaten des Schweizerdeutschen

Type of publication Not peer-reviewed
Publikationsform Contribution to book (non peer-reviewed)
Author Schönenberger Manuela, Haeberli Eric,
Project Studying Variation in Syntax: A Parsed Corpus of Swiss German
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Contribution to book (non peer-reviewed)

Book Sprachen verbinden. Beiträge der 24. Linguistik- und Literaturtage, Brno/Tschechien
Editor , Brychová A.; , Janíková V.; , Veličková J.; , Wagner R.
Publisher Hamburg, Verlag Dr. Kovač
Page(s) 139 - 148
ISBN 978-3-8300-9698-6
Title of proceedings Sprachen verbinden. Beiträge der 24. Linguistik- und Literaturtage, Brno/Tschechien

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This paper considers apokoinus, also called amalgams, in Swiss German that were produced during informal interviews that were recorded and then transcribed as part of a three-year project investigating variation and change in Swiss German. Apokoinus suggest that a speaker has merged two sentences into one, as e.g. in the English example "they used a hover board they call it", in which the last constituent of the first (hover board) is also the first constituent of the second. Apokoinus seem to be a characteristic feature of spoken language, and are found in various languages (cf. see e.g. Meinunger 2011). In our data we found over 200 apokoinus in a sample of 100,000 words, produced by speakers of different ages. Many are of the type illustrated in the title and in "I ha früener im Sekretariaat han i vil Kòntakt gha" (I have formerly in-the secretary's office have I much interaction had), i.e. subject-initial followed by an adverbial and a repetition of the verb and the subject. This suggests Verb-Second languages might be conducive to the production of apokoinus. After presenting the data, we discuss why some speakers produce many more apokoinus than others.