Lucia M. Tovena

List of John Benjamins publications for which Lucia M. Tovena plays a role.


In this paper, we tackle the issue of the semantics of semelfactive predicates by looking at ata-nominalisations built on instrument semelfactive verbs in Italian. Being nomen vicis forms, these nominalisations denote singular instances of events. The comparison allows us to cast new light on the… read more | Chapter
Tovena, Lucia M. 2010 Pluractional verbs that grammaticise number through the part-of relationRomance Languages and Linguistic Theory 2008: Selected papers from 'Going Romance' Groningen 2008, Bok-Bennema, Reineke, Brigitte Kampers-Manhe and Bart Hollebrandse (eds.), pp. 233–248
This paper pursues an analysis of verbs like Italian mordicchiare (nibble) as event-internal pluractional verbs that denote composite single events where the predicate is distributed on the fragments of one entity, and grammaticise a local form of number through the part-of relation. This opens the… read more | Article
In this paper we present a unified analysis of the negative concord item of Italian neppure. This item has an additive and a scalar interpretation corresponding to too and even of English. Our claim is that, under both of these interpretations, neppure presents a class or series as closed. The way… read more | Article
Tovena, Lucia M. 2003 Distributional restrictions on negative determinersMeaning Through Language Contrast: Volume 1, Jaszczolt, Katarzyna M. and Ken Turner (eds.), pp. 3–28
Tovena, Lucia M. 2003 Determiners and Weakly Discretised DomainsRomance Languages and Linguistic Theory 2001: Selected papers from 'Going Romance', Amsterdam, 6–8 December 2001, Quer, Josep, Jan Schroten, Mauro Scorretti, Petra Sleeman and Els Verheugd-Daatzelaar (eds.), pp. 331–346
Tovena, Lucia M. et Marleen Van Peteghem 2002 Différent vs autre et l’opposition réciproque vs comparatifLingvisticæ Investigationes 25:1, pp. 149–170
Summary This paper tests on French Beck’s (2000) analysis of plural and quantified NP dependent readings of different in English. According to her, different works as a relational adjective when it depends on a plural NP, and as a comparison operator when it depends on a universally quantified NP.… read more | Article
Corblin, Francis and Lucia M. Tovena 2001 On the multiple expression of negation in RomanceRomance Languages and Linguistic Theory 1999: Selected papers from ‘Going Romance’ 1999, Leiden, 9–11 December 1999, D’hulst, Yves, Johan Rooryck and Jan Schroten (eds.), pp. 87 ff.
Tovena, Lucia M. 2001 Neg-Raising: Negation as failurePerspectives on Negation and Polarity Items, Hoeksema, Jack, Hotze Rullmann, Víctor Sánchez-Valencia and Ton van der Wouden (eds.), pp. 331–356
This study hypothesises that neg-raising is a cognitive phenomenon which arises while the human mind is processing the content of the sentence under the normal assumption of closed world. A ‘neg-raised sentence’ conveys an epistemic attitude towards the proposition expressed by the subordinate… read more | Article