Edited by Pierre-Yves Modicom and Olivier Duplâtre
[Studies in Language Companion Series 213] 2020
► pp. 111–132
This paper investigates the polyfunctionality of the Italian adverb solo ‘only’. Beside its prototypical use as an exclusive focus particle, the adverb solo has developed some secondary uses which have not yet been investigated: connective uses (uses as a conjunctional adverb and as a discourse marker) and illocutive uses (use as an illocutionary operator tied to specific speech-act types). By analyzing the different contexts of occurrence and possible paths of semantic change, the meaning variation of solo is described and a synchronic categorization is laid out. Particular attention has been devoted to its illocutive uses, the meaning of which displays a complex interrelationship between features pertaining to the information structure level (focus marking, common ground management) and features connected to the speech-act domain (marking of the illocutionary force and speech-act specification in an interpersonal perspective).
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