Expressive Meaning Across Linguistic Levels and Frameworks

ISBN : 9780198871217

Andreas Trotzke; Xavier Villalba
320 Pages
156 x 234 mm
Pub date
Aug 2021
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This volume is the first to explore the formal linguistic expressions of emotions at different levels of linguistic complexity. Research on the language-emotion interface has to date concentrated primarily on the conceptual dimension of emotions as expressed via language, with semantic and pragmatic studies dominating the field. The chapters in this book, in contrast, bring together work from different linguistic frameworks: generative syntax, functional and usage-based linguistics, formal semantics and pragmatics, and experimental phonology. The volume contributes to the growing field of research that explores the interaction between linguistic expressions and the 'expressive dimension' of language, and will be of interest to linguists from a range of theoretical backgrounds who are interested in the language-emotion interface.


1 Andreas Trotzke and Xavier Villalba: Expressive meaning across linguistic levels and frameworks
2 Norbert Corver: On classifiers and affect in the nominal domain: Organizing 'disorganization'
3 Roland Hinterholzl and Nicola Munaro: On the illocutionary force of exclamatives and non-canonical questions in German and Italian
4 Matteo Greco: Function words and polarity: The case of negation
5 Silvio Cruschina and Valentina Bianchi: Mirative implicatures at the syntax-semantics interface: A surprising association and an unexpected move
6 Andreas Trotzke and Xavier Villalba: Expressive insubordination: A cross-linguistic study on that-exclamatives
7 Patrizia Noel Aziz Hanna: Connectors as emotive signs: Expressivity in the right sentence periphery
8 Agnes Celle, Anne Jugnet, and Laure Lansari: Expressive questions in English and French: What the hell versus Mais qu'est-ce que
9 Victoria Escandell-Vidal and Manuel Leonetti: The Spanish 'mirative future'
10 Jessica Rett: A comparison of expressives and miratives
11 Osamu Sawada and Jun Sawada: Cross-linguistic variations in the interpretation of tense in mirative sentences: A view from Japanese mirative expressions nante/towai
12 Lisa Brunetti, Hiyon Yoo, Lucia Tovena, and Rachel Albar: French reason-comment ('how') questions: A view from prosody

About the author: 

Andreas Trotzke is Ausserplanmassiger Professor in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Konstanz. His areas of expertise include pragmatics, the syntax-pragmatics interface, psycholinguistics, and language education, and his research has been published in journals such as Journal of Pragmatics, Frontiers in Psychology, Journal of Linguistics, Linguistics, and Lingua. He is the General Editor of the journal Pedagogical Linguistics (Benjamins), the editor of numerous volumes, and the author of three monographs, of which the most recent is The Grammar of Emphasis: From Information Structure to the Expressive Dimension (de Gruyter, 2017).; Xavier Villalba is Associate Professor of Catalan Linguistics and member of the Centre de Linguistica Teorica at the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona. His research interests include the interface between syntax and information structure, particularly right-dislocation, and between syntax and semantics/pragmatics, especially exclamative and existential sentences. His work has appeared in journals such as Discourse Processes, Journal of Pragmatics, and Lingua, and in edited volumes from Routledge, Benjamins, and de Gruyter.

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