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The Shiftability of German Appositive Relatives across Intensional Contexts: Two Experimental Studies
Todor Koev
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Supplemental expressions typically project or entail commitments for the utterer of the sentence (see e.g. Chierchia & McConnell-Ginet, 2000; Potts, 2005). However, Amaral et al. (2007), Harris & Potts (2009), and Koev (2013) notice that appositives are not invariably speaker-oriented and can occasionally be shifted to the perspective of an attitude holder. The research question that this paper is trying to answer is the following: What factors enable a perspective shift of appositives? I report two experimental studies from German that directly address this question and show (i) that verbs of saying are more likely to lead to shifted interpretations than other attitude predicates, and also (ii) that the German second subjunctive (Konjunktiv II), which has reportative uses, facilitates perspective shift. The major theoretical implication of this work is that secondary speech contexts are the prototypical appositive shifters.

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Proceedings of the 33rd West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics
edited by Kyeong-min Kim, Pocholo Umbal, Trevor Block, Queenie Chan, Tanie Cheng, Kelli Finney, Mara Katz, Sophie Nickel-Thompson, and Lisa Shorten
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