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On the status of exhaustiveness in cleft sentences: An empirical and cross-linguistic study of English also- / only-clefts and Italian anche- / solo-clefts

De Cesare, Anna-Maria and Garassino, Davide. (2015) On the status of exhaustiveness in cleft sentences: An empirical and cross-linguistic study of English also- / only-clefts and Italian anche- / solo-clefts. Folia Linguistica, 49 (1). pp. 1-56.

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Abstract

The goal of the paper is to shed new light on the semantics and pragmatics of cleft sentences by discussing the exhaustive interpretation typically associated with these complex syntactic structures. Based on a fine-grained analysis of the contexts in which exhaustiveness can be both cancelled and reinforced by English also and only and Italian anche and solo , we claim that this meaning component associated with clefts of both English and Italian is best accounted for in terms of a conventionalized conversational implicature. Our analysis is based on a corpus of authentic cleft occurrences collected from different written sources.
Faculties and Departments:04 Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Departement Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaften > Fachbereich Italianistik > Italianistik (de Cesare Greenwald)
UniBasel Contributors:De Cesare Greenwald, Anna-Maria and Garassino, Davide
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
Publisher:Mouton
ISSN:0165-4004
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
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Last Modified:14 Mar 2019 16:39
Deposited On:14 Mar 2019 16:39

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