Article published in:Discourse Markers and Modal Particles: Categorization and description
Edited by Liesbeth Degand, Bert Cornillie and Paola Pietrandrea
[Pragmatics & Beyond New Series 234] 2013
► pp. 163–190
From TAM to discourse
The role of information status in North-Western Italian già ‘already’
This study investigates some discursive uses of the North-Western Italian adverb già ‘already’, which cumulates the Italian interjectional function with the interrogative use typical of the French cognate déjà. While as an interjection già acquires the metadiscursive functions of a proper discourse marker, the interrogative use shares formal and functional properties with modal particles. The analysis will show that, apart from their morphosyntactic differences, these uses are interconnected by their common functional interpretation as pragmatic markers of ‘given’ information (‘backchecking’ in the interrogative use and ‘confirmativity’ in interjections). A comparative assessment of Italian and French data contributes to clarifying what features modal particles and discourse markers have in common but also where they morphosyntactically diverge.
Published online: 14 November 2013
Cited by 3 other publications
Fedriani, Chiara & Andrea Sansó
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