The expressive 'en maar'-construction

Hans Broekhuis, Norbert Corver

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This article discusses constructions of the type 'En maar zeuren!' (You keep on nagging), which express a negative attitude of the speaker towards the proposition expressed by the construction. We will argue that 'en' (and) should be seen as a regular conjunction conjoining a phonetically empty clause with an overt infinitival clause: [[Ø] en [maar zeuren]]. The proposition expressed by the empty clause is determined by the common ground and contrasts with the propositional content of the second clause. This contrast is essential for obtaining the expressive meaning, but is potentially problematic in light of the regular interpretation of 'en'. We solve this by claiming that the contrastive reading is expressed by the conjunction in tandem with the discourse particle maar, which can also be used as a contrastive/oppositional conjunction.
Originele taal-2Engels
TitelCrossroads semantics
SubtitelComputation, experiment and grammar
RedacteurenHilke Reckmann, Lisa L.S. Cheng, Maarten Hijzelendoorn, Rint Sybesma
UitgeverijJohn Benjamins Publishing
Pagina's305-325
Aantal pagina's21
ISBN van elektronische versie 9789027265999
ISBN van geprinte versie 9789027212481
StatusGepubliceerd - 2017

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