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Polyfunctionality and transcategoriality of coordinating particles in Latin and in other ancient languages

Anna Orlandini EMAIL logo and Paolo Poccetti


Semantic and pragmatic values of Latin coordinators will be analyzed in comparison with other ancient languages under the following conditions: (a) in an asymmetrical sequence, where they may express temporal relations (‘and then’) or causal relations (‘and so’); (b) in dialogic verbal interaction in their cognitive effects and their informational and rhetorical contributions; (c) with respect to their position and their role in the discourse organization; (d) in the sentence- or utterance-initial position, as discourse markers for repetition, reformulation, expressive intensity, indignation, or denial of an expectation, depending on the different interpretive effects arising from different contexts.

Initial position provides a privileged position for expressions associated with speakers' intervention, emotions, mental reservations, and disagreement. Coordinators thus give rise to conversational implicatures (Grice 1975), pragmatically determined by each context. The initial position of coordinators is thus of decisive importance from the point of view of multifunctionality and discursive interchange.

Published Online: 2014-10-7
Published in Print: 2014-10-1

©2014 by Walter de Gruyter Berlin/Munich/Boston

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