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Between Time and Discourse

A Syntactic Analysis of Italian poi

Federica Cognola    Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia, Italia    

Silvio Cruschina    University of Helsinki, Finland    

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abstract

In this article the different functions of Italian poi are described and analysed from a cartographic perspective. We show that in addition to its use as a temporal adverb (after, then), poi can be used as a temporal or logical connective adverb, as a discourse marker and as a modal particle. These functions can be correlated with different positions in the clause and with differences in the internal structure of the element itself. Finally, we identify the syntactic environments and sentence types in which poi occurs in its function as a modal particle, as well as the special interpretations that are associated with its presence.

Pubblicato
28 Ottobre 2021
Accettato
07 Settembre 2021
Presentato
31 Luglio 2021
Lingua
EN

Keywords: ConnectivePolarityVerum focusTopicModal particleDiscourse marker

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