English-German Contrasts

A comprehensive survey of major contrasts between English and German

Publications (2008—2011)


König, Ekkehard & Volker Gast (2009). Understanding English-German Contrasts. Second edition (revised). Grundlagen der Anglistik und Amerikanistik, no 29. Berlin: Erich Schmidt Verlag.

Edited Works

Gast, Volker & Ekkehard König (2008). English in Contrast. Special issue of the Zeitschrift für Anglistik und Amerikanistik (ZAA), no 56.3. Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann.

Journal articles

König, Ekkehard (forthcoming). The place of contrastive linguistics in language comparison. Languages in Contrast. [draft].
Gast, Volker and J. van der Auwera (2011). Scalar additive operators in the languages of Europe. Language 87.1: 1--53.
Wiechmann, Daniel (2011). Exploring probabilistic differences between genetically related languages. Languages in Contrast 11.2: 193—215.
Gast, Volker (2008). V-N compounds in English and German. Zeitschrift für Anglistik und Amerikanistik 56.3: 269-282. [pdf]
Haas, Florian (2008). Symmetric verbs and constraints on passivization: an English-German comparison. Zeitschrift für Anglistik und Amerikanistik 56.3: 255-268.
König, Ekkehard (2008). Temporal prepositions in English and German: A contrastive study. Zeitschrift für Anglistik und Amerikanistik 56.3: 303-315.

Contributions to edited volumes

Gast, Volker (forthcoming). 'At least, wenigstens and company. Negated universal quantification and the typology of focus quantifier'. In G. Tsoulas & S. Harlow (eds.), Strategies of Quantification. Oxford: Oxford University Press. [pdf]
Gast, V. and D. Wiechmann (2011). W(h)-clefts im Deutschen und Englischen. Eine quantitative Untersuchung auf Grundlage des Europarl-Korpus. In Gunkel, L. and G. Zifonun (eds.). IDS-Jahrbuch 2011. Berlin: de Gruyter Mouton.
König, Ekkehard and P. Siemund (forthcoming). Satztyp und Typologie. In Meibauer, J., M. Steinbach and H. Altmann (eds.), Satztypen des Deutschen. Berlin: de Gruyter Mouton. [pdf]
Gast, Volker and Florian Haas (2011). On the distribution of subject properties in formulaic presentationals of Germanic and Romance languages. In Siewierska, A. and A. Malchukov (eds.), Impersonal Constructions. Amsterdam: Benjamins. [pdf]
Gast, V. (2010). Contrastive topics, information structural restrictors and sub-informativity: A comparison of English and German. In C. Breul and E. Göbbel (eds.), Contrastive Information Structure Analysis, 15-50. Amsterdam: Benjamins.
Gast, V. and J. van der Auwera (2010). Vers une typologie des opérateurs additifs scalaires. In Hadermann, P. and O. Inkova (ed.): Approches de la scalarité, 226-247. Genčve: Droz.
König, Ekkehard (2009). Zur Rolle des Deutschen als lingua franca. In Hempfer, Klaus (ed.), Zur Situation der Geisteswissenschaften in Forschung und Lehre. Eine Bestandsaufnahme aus der universitären Praxis. Stuttgart: Steiner.
Gast, V. & F. Haas (2008). On reflexive and reciprocal readings of anaphors in German and other European languages. In König & Gast (eds.): Reflexives and Reciprocals - Theoretical and Cross-linguistic Explorations, 307—346. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.
Gast, V. (2008). Modal particles and context updating. The functions of German ja, doch, wohl and etwa. In Letnes, O., E. Maager&pslash; and H. Vater (eds.), Modality and Grammaticalization, 153—177. Trier: Wissenschaftlicher Verlag. [pdf]

Conference Proceedings

Putnam, M. and V. Gast (forthcoming). The syntax and semantics of excess: OVER-predicates in Germanic. In Harley, H. et al. (eds.), Proceedings of the 29th West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics.
Kranich, Svenja and V. Gast (forthcoming). Explicitness of epistemic modal marking. Recent changes in British and American English. In Proceedings of the conference on 'Modality in English IV', Madrid, 09-11 September 2010. [pdf]

Survey articles and introductions

Gast, Volker (forthcoming). Contrastive Analysis: Theories and Methods. In Kortmann, B. & J. Kabatek (eds.), The Theories and Methods in Linguistics. Wörterbücher der Sprach- und Kommunikationswissenschaften. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter. [pdf]
Gast, Volker (forthcoming). Contrastive analysis. Routledge Encyclopedia of Language Teaching and Language Learning. London: Routledge. draft.
Haas, Florian (forthcoming). Contrastive analysis. In Kortmann, B. & J. Kabatek (eds.), The Theories and Methods in Linguistics. Wörterbücher der Sprach- und Kommunikationswissenschaften. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter.
König, Ekkehard (forthcoming). Reviving contrastive linguistics: A programmatic sketch. Proceedings of the Fifth International Contrastive Linguistics Conference, Leuven, July 7-9, 2008.


König, Ekkehard (ms.). Reflexive nominal compounds. 13pp [pdf].