A grammar of Lower Grand Valley Dani by H. Myron Bromley

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Thus, both types of Theme attenuate the pragmatic force of the non-acceptance. If multiple Themes are realized turn-medially in a communicative contribution expressing a non-acceptance, they are used as signposts which support the co-participants’ argumentation regarding the non-validity of a prior claim. The linguistic realization of the Theme zone in the German data displays a higher degree of variation regarding textual Themes, for instance nun (‘well’), ja (‘yes’), aber (‘but’), gut (‘well’) or also (‘now’ or ‘well’), and interpersonal Themes, such as ich glaube (‘I think’) or Ich bin nicht jetzt der äh Besitzer der Gedanken der Wähler (‘I am not now the owner of the electorate’s thoughts’), and therefore seems less routinized.

Not only are there fewer multiple Themes realized turn-initially, but they also have a different communicative function. Unlike their British counterparts, they do not signify the co-participants’ intention to negotiate the validity of their claims: textual Themes, such as also (‘now’ or ‘well’), signify an upcoming non-acceptance on the textual plane, and interpersonal Themes, such as ich glaube (‘I think’) express some degree of subjectification anchored to the speaker’s commitment regarding the truth of the proposition.

No not at all but rather] [with all our strength]] to keep the CDU together …) (30) IR Es gibt auch Hoffnungen, dass Rot-Grün nicht lange hält (There is also hope that Red-Green is not going to last long) IE [Jetzt jetzt] lass machen [wir] mal eins nach dem anderen. Äh, keiner von uns entzieht sich seiner Verantwortung. Wir haben gemeinsam gekämpft, wir haben gemeinsam verloren... ([now now] [we] will do things one by one. Erm none of us will avoid being held to account. We fought together, we lost together …) In (28), (29) and (30), the politicians ratify the interviewer’s contribution with a nonacceptance.

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