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Sara Lindbladh

  • Subject: Romance Languages; Italian
  • Title: Doctoral student
  • Office: H707

Research project

My dissertation is a diachronic study of a selection of Italian discourse markers, which are also studied in comparison with the related forms in French and Spanish. Discourse markers are very common in everyday conversation, but at the same time they are highly complex and difficult to define. They derive from words from various word classes, and have developed discourse functions through semantic change.

I perform a detailed analysis of the Italian discourse markers and their current functions, which will be followed by a review from a diachronic perspective. I study the semantic-pragmatic development of the discourse markers through a detailed analysis of the contexts in which they have occurred from a certain point in time until today. The objective is to demonstrate how these words developed the discourse functions they have today and why. The study will contain a comparative aspect since I will make some comparisons with the development of the French and Spanish words of the same origin. This will enable us to observe how the semantic processes differ when a word has evolved into a discourse marker in one of the languages, but has developed a different function in another.

I use both synchronic and diachronic data from different corpora in order to make a quantitative and qualitative analysis of the semantic-pragmatic development of the discourse markers. Several theories in the fields of semantics and pragmatics, such as grammaticalization, pragmaticalization and (inter)subjectification, are taken into account in order to draw conclusions about the type of change that has been active in the evolvement of these discourse markers.
 

Contact Information

Sara Lindbladh

Box 200, 405 30 Göteborg

Visiting Address:
Lundgrensgatan 7, H707

Phone:
031-786 5078

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