Abgeschlossene Projekte



Gisela Zifonun


  • Joachim Ballweg
  • Ursula Brauße
  • Eva Breindl
  • Ulrich Engel
  • Helmut Frosch
  • Ursula Hoberg
  • Ludger Hoffmann
  • Bruno Strecker
  • Klaus Vorderwülbecke


Grammar of the German Language


Vol. 7 Schriften des Instituts für deutsche Sprache

Grammar of the German Language



Gisela Zifonun, Ludger Hoffmann, Bruno Strecker


Joachim Ballweg, Ursula Brauße, Eva Breindl, Ulrich Engel,
Helmut Frosch, Ursula Hoberg, Klaus Vorderwülbecke

Grammatik der deutschen Sprache (Grammar of the German Language) provides a comprehensive account of the central component of linguistic knowledge. The grammar is innovative in a number of ways:

  • It is an empirically-based functional grammar supported by corpus evidence.
  • It deals with spoken German and the grammar of text and discourse, topics hitherto neglected in reference grammars.
  • It lays the foundations of a sentence-semantic perspective.
  • It closely links syntactic and semantic categorisation within the categorial grammar framework.

Its theoretical foundations are functional grammar and pragmatics, categorial grammar, logical syntax and semantics, and valency grammar.

Target readership: Linguists and readers with a keen interest in discursive grammatical explanation. The grammar can be used as a reference text for grammar teaching and as the basis for computer-assisted language learning or natural language processing applications.

Table of Contents:

The main section of the Grammar consists of chapters A to H.

A   Introduction

B   Basic Concepts

Word classes, word groups, the sentence and the minimal communicative unit

C   Text and discourse

Illocution, orality and literacy, discourse and text-specific forms, construction of discourse and texts

D   Functional analysis

Sentence modality, predicates, arguments and modifiers, speaker-hearer relationship

E   Compositionality

Categorial functional structure, complements, supplements (adjuncts), realisation of complements and supplements, linear structure

F   Verb groups

tense, mood and modality, passive voice, event structure, modal verbs

G   Phrases

Noun phrases, prepositions and prepositional phrases, infinitival and participial constructions

H   Subordination and Coordination

Service Chapters: detailed table of contents, bibliography, list of sources, glossary of symbols and abbreviations, topic index, alphabetical index