Exploring Intensification

Synchronic, diachronic and cross-linguistic perspectives

| University of Eastern Piedmont
| University of Eastern Piedmont
ISBN 9789027259547 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
ISBN 9789027265128 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
This book is the first collective volume specifically devoted to the multifaceted phenomenon of intensification, which has been traditionally regarded as related to the expression of degree, scaling a quality downwards or upwards. In spite of the large amount of studies on intensifiers, there is still a need for the characterization of intensification as a distinct functional category in the domain of modification. The eighteen papers of the volume contribute to this aim with a new approach (mainly corpus-based). They focus on intensification from different perspectives (both synchronic and diachronic) and theoretical frameworks, concern ancient languages (Hittite, Greek, Latin) and modern languages (mainly Italian, German, English, Kiswahili), and involve different levels of analysis. They also identify and examine different types of intensifiers, applied to different forms and structures, such as adverbs, adjectives, evaluative affixes, discourse markers, reduplication, exclamative clauses, coordination, prosodic elements, and shed light on issues which have not been extensively studied so far.
[Studies in Language Companion Series, 189]  2017.  vii, 394 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
New insights on intensification and intensifiers
Maria Napoli and Miriam Ravetto
Part I. The category of intensification
Chapter 1. The comparative basis of intensification
Ekkehard König
Chapter 2. Intensification and focusing: The case of pure(ly) and mere(ly)
Lobke Ghesquière
Chapter 3. Intensification processes in Italian: A survey
Nicola Grandi
Chapter 4. Noun classification in Kiswahili: Linguistic strategies to intensify or to reduce
Marina Castagneto
Part II. Strategies of intensification in ancient languages: Hittite, Greek and Latin
Chapter 5. Intensification and intensifying modification in Hittite
Paola Dardano
Chapter 6. Diminutives in Ancient Greek: Intensification and subjectivity
Chiara Meluzzi
Chapter 7. Nulla sum, nulla sum: Tota, tota occidi : Repetition as a (rare) strategy of intensification in Latin
Chiara Fedriani
Part III. Strategies of intensification in modern languages: Italian, German, English
Chapter 8. Intensifiers between grammar and pragmatics: A lesson from a language contact situation
Ilaria Fiorentini and Andrea Sansó
Chapter 9. Stress and tones as intensifying operators in German
Gianluca Cosentino
Chapter 10. English exclamative clauses and interrogative degree modification
Peter Siemund
Part IV. Contrastive analysis of intensification in Italian and German
Chapter 11. A pragmatic view on intensification: Expansions in German and Italian
Katharina Salzmann
Chapter 12. Intensifying structures of adjectives across German and Italian
Patrizio Malloggi
Chapter 13. The coordination of identical conjuncts as a means of strengthening expressions in German and Italian
Marina Foschi
Chapter 14. What does reduplication intensify? The semantics and pragmatics of reduplicated forms in Italian and their equivalents in German
Silvia Bonacchi
Chapter 15. Intensification strategies in German and Italian written language: The case of prefissi intensivi or Fremdpräfixe. A corpus-based study
Nicolò Calpestrati
Chapter 16. Ways to intensify: Types of intensified meanings in Italian and German
Maria Napoli and Miriam Ravetto
Chapter 17. Augmentatives in Italian and German: From contrastive analysis to translation
Marcella Costa
Chapter 18. Intentional vagueness: A corpus-based analysis of Italian and German
Miriam Voghera and Laura Collu
“Maria Napoli and Miriam Ravetto have successfully put together an edited volume, focussing on theoretical aspects of the semantics and pragmatics of intensification, and corpus based studies of realizations of intensification ranging from single word forms to larger chunks, intensification and prosody, and the appearance of new expressions and the decline of others. The book takes stock of previous work in this fascinating field of research, provides new insights in a range of languages and poses questions for future research. In addition to the editors’ eminent introductory overview, the volume offers 18 engaging and well-written chapters, grouped together in a clear and lucid way. It is a most stimulating and extremely readable book – a must for anybody interested in intensifiers and intensification.”
“This volume provides new data, descriptions, and insights in the challenging and intriguing phenomenon of intensification. Recurring themes in the volume are the relation between intensification and other notional categories like comparison, focusing, and evaluation, the distribution of intensifiers across different text types and sociolinguistic parameters, and in particular the objective vs. subjective, emotional-evaluative, dimension of intensification. As Ekkehard König, in his contribution to the volume, puts it : “More often than not, the use of intensifiers tells us more about a speaker than about the situation described”.”
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