The expression of additivity in the Alps: German auch, Italian anche and their counterparts in Gardenese Ladin

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Abstract

Additive particles (e.g. English also) usually operate on a constituent (‘domainof association’) signaling that it has to be added to a list of items already introduced in thecontext or inferable. In addition, they can also exhibit a more grammatical function actingas a focused constituent itself or a modal particle. In the present contribution, we aim toprovide a classification of the usage patterns and main grammatical functions of the additiveitem also in the standard languages spoken in the alpine region of Trentino-SouthTyrol, i.e. German (auch) and Italian (anche) and in a regional language, Gardenese Ladin(belonging to the Rhaeto-romance group), which displays two forms: nce and ënghe. Thedata show that also fulfills the same functions in all the languages investigated; however,the use of German auch is the most evenly distributed among the different functions,while Italian anche is overwhelmingly used as additive particle in the narrow sense (itsoriginal function). Finally, Gardenese shows a mixed behaviour: the use of nce resemblesthat of Italian anche, but ënghe is frequently used as focalised constituent, like in German.However, its use as modal particle is much more restricted than in German.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLa linguistica vista dalle Alpi / Linguistic views from the Alps. Teoria, lessicografia e multilinguismo / Language Theory, Lexicography and Multilingualism
Pages339-370
Number of pages32
Publication statusPublished - 2019

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NameSTUDIA ROMANICA ET LINGUISTICA

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