Adverbial cleft sentences in Italian, French and English. A comparative perspective

De Cesare, Anna-Maria and Garassino, Davide. (2018) Adverbial cleft sentences in Italian, French and English. A comparative perspective. In: Focus Realization in Romance and Beyond, 201. Amsterdam-Philadelphia, pp. 255-286.

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The aim of this paper is to offer a multi-layered analysis of adverbial clefts in Italian, French, and English. In particular, we intend to offer a corpus-based study of the syntactic category of the cleft constituent, its semantic type and, finally, the information structure of adverbial clefts. In the first part of our contribution, after defining the concept of adverbial, we discuss which categories of adverbials can (or cannot) be clefted. In the second part, we cast light on the similarities and differences between the three languages. The main cross-linguistic similarities concern the semantic type of cleft adverbials, whereas the most significant differences lie in information structure. Finally, we will relate our empirical findings to the ongoing theoretical discussion on the semantics (and pragmatics) of adverbial clefts.
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
Item Type:Book Section, refereed
Book Section Subtype:Further Contribution in a Book
Series Name:Studies in Language Companion Series
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