Framing, segmenting, indexing: Towards a functional account of Romance domain adverbs in written texts

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This contribution provides a functional account of adverbs such as Fr. politiquement, It. politicamente, and Sp. políticamente (E. ‘politically’), which can be interpreted as manner or domain adverbs. Based on theoretical frameworks devised to model discourse, specifically the information units of written texts, we offer a detailed account of the functional spaces that these adverbs occupy in the Utterance. Special attention is then devoted to the occurrence of these adverbs in the functional left periphery of the Utterance, where they most clearly work as domain adverbs. We show that, in this pragmatic area, domain adverbs have framing, segmenting, and indexing discourse functions and that these functions can be predicted by the interplay between the meaning of these adverbs and the scoping properties of the left-peripheral discourse space they occupy in the Utterance.


Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdverbs and Adverbials
EditorsOlivier Duplâtre, Pierre-Yves Modicom
PublisherDe Gruyter Mouton
Number of pages31
ISBN (Electronic)9783110767971
ISBN (Print)9783110767940
Publication statusPublished - 21 Jun 2022

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Scopus 85136386250
Mendeley 97001b91-b838-3005-98a0-fb4d87a87deb
unpaywall 10.1515/9783110767971-010


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  • text linguistics, syntax-pragmatics interface, information structure, Domain adverbs, Functional left periphery, Syntax-pragmatics interface, Information structure, Text linguistics