Information Management as a Factor for Syntactic Variation in the History of German

Project C6

Project C6 investigates whether information-related factors have an impact on syntactic variation, and if so, how the impact can be modelled. Specifically, it examines extraposition of nominal and prepositional phrases and relative clauses.

Moreover, the project will adopt a diachronic perspective, and try to assess the relevance of information-related factors for the diachronic development of extraposition, and to shed light on the role of the discourse mode (oral vs. written) in this development. The project will create synchronic and diachronic corpora, and analyse them qualitatively and quantitatively.

Keywords: syntactic variation