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Reduced parenthetical clauses in Romance languages. A pragmatic typology / Stefan Schneider
AuthorSchneider, Stefan In der Gemeinsamen Normdatei der DNB nachschlagen
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Parentheticals, ed. Dehé, Nicole / ed. by Nicole Dehé ..., Amsterdam [u.a.] : Benjamins, 2007 (Linguistik aktuellLinguistik aktuell. 106), page 237-258
Published2007
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LanguageEnglish
Document typeArticle in a collected edition
ISBN9789027233707
ISBN978-90-272-3370-7
URNurn:nbn:at:at-ubg:3-3147 Persistent Identifier (URN)
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The article derives from a corpus study of reduced parenthetical clauses (RPCs) in contemporary spoken French, Italian, and Spanish (cf. Schneider, forthcoming) and proposes a typology based on pragmatic criteria. The parentheticals are first subdivided into three major groups: phatic, reporting, and mitigating RPCs. Subsequently, drawing on the contributions of Hare (1970) and Caffi (1999, 2001), the group of mitigating RPCs is subdivided in four groups: a) clauses mitigating the phrastic; b) clauses indicating the tropic and mitigating the phrastic or the neustic; c) clauses directly mitigating the neustic; d) clauses indirectly mitigating the neustic. The taxonomy is shown to be corroborated by two independent phenomena: the positional mobility of RPCs and the occurrence of RPCs in interrogative sentences.

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