Anna-Maria De Cesare

List of John Benjamins publications for which Anna-Maria De Cesare plays a role.


Focus on Additivity: Adverbial modifiers in Romance, Germanic and Slavic languages

Edited by Anna-Maria De Cesare and Cecilia Andorno

[Pragmatics & Beyond New Series, 278] 2017. vi, 334 pp.
Subjects Pragmatics | Semantics | Syntax | Theoretical linguistics


The goal of this study is to cast new light on one of the main defining properties of focus adverbials, namely their interaction with the focus structure of the sentence. Following the framework known as Language into Act Theory, we describe the interaction between It. anche and focal information,… read more | Chapter
De Cesare, Anna-Maria, Ana Albom, Doriana Cimmino and Marta Lupica Spagnolo 2020 Domain adverbials in the news: A corpus-based contrastive study of English, German, French, Italian and SpanishLanguages in Contrast 20:1, pp. 31–57
This article examines the functional category of domain adverbials (DAs), which arose fairly recently in the European languages and is claimed to occur frequently in the written press. In order to better understand this category, we investigate the form, use and meaning of DAs in English, German,… read more | Article
De Cesare, Anna-Maria 2018 French adverbial cleft sentences: Empirical and theoretical issuesNon-prototypical clefts, Karssenberg, Lena, Karen Lahousse, Béatrice Lamiroy, Stefania Marzo and Ana Drobnjakovic (eds.), pp. 86–120
The goal of this contribution is to deepen our knowledge of French cleft sentences through the study of a special category of clefts called adverbial clefts. The issues that we will address concern their form, discourse frequency and boundaries with resembling structures. In order to shed light on… read more | Article
De Cesare, Anna-Maria 2018 Italian sentence adverbs in the left periphery: Modeling their functional properties in online daily newspapersModels of Discourse Units in Romance Languages, Borreguero Zuloaga, Margarita, Vahram Atayan and Sybille Große (eds.), pp. 96–120
This contribution describes the functional properties of Italian sentence adverbs (SAs) occurring in the left periphery, i.e. in clause initial position, on the basis of a corpus-based analysis of articles drawn from online daily newspapers. We show that a qualitative analysis of the data found in… read more | Article
De Cesare, Anna-Maria and Davide Garassino 2018 Chapter 9. Adverbial cleft sentences in Italian, French and English: A comparative perspectiveFocus Realization in Romance and Beyond, García García, Marco and Melanie Uth (eds.), pp. 255–286
The aim of this paper is to offer a multi-layered analysis of adverbial clefts in Italian, French, and English. In particular, we intend to offer a corpus-based study of the syntactic category of the cleft constituent, its semantic type and, finally, the information structure of adverbial clefts.… read more | Chapter
Many languages have an overabundant set of additive focus adverbs (AFAs), whose differences are mostly investigated in semantic (e.g. scalarity) or syntactic (scope phenomena and restrictions for specific domains of association) terms. The present study adopts a discourse perspective on the issue,… read more | Chapter
The goal of this chapter is to reconnect with the research agenda of the “classic” studies on the so-called Focusing Modifiers (such as E. also, only, even) by tackling questions related to the intension (i.e. the defining properties) and the extension (i.e. the inventories) of the category. Since… read more | Article
The goal of the present study is to illustrate the benefits of using a model of discourse units in describing and explaining the use of polyfunctional discourse markers. Specifically, the aim is to show that the so-called “Basel Model” of paragraph segmentation is a powerful tool in describing and… read more | Article