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Zum Erklärungswert von Dependenz- und Phrasenstruktursyntax für den DaF-Unterricht

Title in English Remarks on the explanatory force of dependency syntax and constituency syntax for teaching German as a foreign language


Year of publication 2010
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Brünner Hefte zu Deutsch als Fremdsprache
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Education

Field Linguistics
Keywords dependency syntax; constituency; phrase structure grammar; German as a foreign language; syntax; embedded clauses
Description In syntax, there are two principles for building up sentence structure: dependency and constituency. The article demonstrates that students of German as a foreign language could deduce certain facts of word order, especially the verb-final position in German embedded clauses, directly from a phrase structure representation, while they need additional rules when using a dependency representation. Nevertheless, I refrain from unequivocally recommending the use of phrase-structure grammars for German as a foreign language. Drawing on both types of syntactic modeling might be helpful, as long as there is no uncontrolled mixing of both principles.

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