Graduate Working Papers
Oral Explanations in University Teaching: The Role of Projector Constructions in Spoken German
- Spoken Language, German, Oral Explanation, Projector Construction, Construction Grammar
How to Cite
Saller, A. (2019). Oral Explanations in University Teaching: The Role of Projector Constructions in Spoken German. Colorado Research in Linguistics, 24. https://doi.org/10.33011/cril.24.1.4
This study explores the nature of oral explanations in German university teaching and focuses particularly on projections, which are a widely-used feature in order to guide the students’ attention. Projector constructions facilitate the production and organization of complex statements and allow the speaker to draw the students’ attention to crucial pieces of information. Furthermore, projections facilitate the drawing of inferences for the listener: The projector phrase opens up semantic and syntactic slots that need to be filled, so that the number of possible contents to follow is restricted. In German, the placement of the conjugated verb in the projected unit plays a crucial role for this construction.