Discourse and Pragmatic Markers from Latin to the Romance Languages

Hardcover | October 7, 2014

EditorChiara Ghezzi, Piera Molinelli

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This book examines the historical development of discourse and pragmatic markers across the Romance languages. These markers serve to indicate the organization of the discourse, the speaker's relationship with the interlocutor, and the speaker's stance with regard to the information expressed.Their relevance is in assisting interpretation, despite the fact that they have little or no propositional content. In this book, distinguished scholars from different theoretical backgrounds analyse the different classes of discourse and pragmatic markers found in Latin and the Romance languages and explore both their diachronic development and their synchronic properties. Following an introduction and overviewof the development of these markers, the book is divided into two parts: the first part investigates pragmatic markers developed from verbs, such as Latin quaeso, Romanian ma rog, and Spanish o sea; the second looks at adverbs as discourse markers, such as French deja and Italian gia, Romanianatunci and Portuguese alias. Chapters address a variety of theoretical issues such as the cyclic nature of functional developments, the nature of grammaticalization and pragmaticalization, semantic change, and the emergence of new pragmatic values. The arguments presented also have consequences forany analysis of the interfaces between grammar, discourse, and interaction.

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This book examines the historical development of discourse and pragmatic markers across the Romance languages. These markers serve to indicate the organization of the discourse, the speaker's relationship with the interlocutor, and the speaker's stance with regard to the information expressed.Their relevance is in assisting interpretat...

Chiara Ghezzi is a researcher at the University of Bergamo, where she was previously Adjunct Lecturer in Sociolinguistics and Didactics of the Italian Language. She received her PhD from the University of Pavia with a dissertation entitled "Vagueness Markers in Contemporary Italian: Intergenerational Variation and Pragmatic Change". H...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:384 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.1 inPublished:October 7, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. Chiara Ghezzi and Piera Molinelli: Discourse and pragmatic markers from Latin to the Romance languages: New insights2. Chiara Ghezzi: The development of discourse and pragmatic markers1: VERBS AS PRAGMATIC MARKERS3. Maria Iliescu: Call markers in French, Italian, and Romanian4. Adriana Costachescu: On disagreement markers in French and Romanian dialogue5. Chiara Ghezzi and Piera Molinelli: Deverbal pragmatic markers from Latin to Italian (Lat. quaeso and It. prego): The cyclic nature of functional developments6. Michaela Livescu: Ma rog: A pragmatic marker in Romanian7. Salvador Pons Borderia: Paths of grammaticalization in Spanish o sea2: ADVERBS AS DISCOURSE MARKERS8. Maj-Britt Mosegaard Hansen: Cyclicity in semantic/pragmatic change: The medieval particle ja between Latin iam and Modern French deja9. Chiara Fedriani and Emanuele Miola: French deja, Piedmontese Italian gia: A case of contact-induced pragmaticalization10. Mario Squartini: The pragmaticalization of 'already' in Romance: from discourse grammar to illocution11. Ana Cristina Macario Lopes: Alias: A contribution to the study of a Portuguese discourse marker12. Mihaela Popescu: Romanian 'atunci' and French 'alors': Functional and discourse properties13. Corinne Rossari: How does a concessive value emerge?Piera Molinelli: Conclusion