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Substance and Value of Italian Si (Hardcover) (Joseph Davis)

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This book offers an original treatment of the Italian clitic si. Sharply separating encoded grammar from inference in discourse, it proposes a unitary meaning for si, including impersonals, passives, and reflexives. Si signals third-person participancy but makes no distinctions of number, gender, or case role. The analysis advances the Columbia School framework by relying on just these straightforward oppositions, attributing variety of interpretation largely to language use rather than to grammar. The analysis places si within a network of oppositions involving all the other clitics. Data come primarily from twentieth-century and more recent published and on-line literature. The book will be of interest to functional linguists, students of reflexivity, and scholars of the Italian language.
Number of Pages: 257
Genre: Language + Art + Disciplines
Series Title: Studies in Functional and Structural Linguistics
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: John Benjamins Pub Co
Author: Joseph Davis
Language: English
Street Date: September 8, 2017
TCIN: 52750073
UPC: 9789027215840
Item Number (DPCI): 248-47-3009
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