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Already in Romance: Universal Properties, Minimal Variation, Language Change

Publication: Revue roumaine de linguistique, LXIII (3), p. 223-240
Romance Microvariation / Microvariation dans les langues romanes
Publisher:Editura Academiei
Abstract:This paper deals with some common properties of ALREADY-elements (AEs), as analysed for Romance (Italian già, French déjà) by Hansen and Strudsholm (2008) and for Latin iam by Kroon and Risselada (2002). Some additional data from other Romance languages, namely Spanish, Sardinian and Romanian, will be discussed. The development of the function of AE varies and does not always follow pre-established pathways as observed in grammaticalisation theory. Also relevant here are possible interpretations of an AE as a discourse marker, a kind of “paralinguistic” or even gesture-like element, as has been observed in the literature, which can be easily be borrowed from one language into another. Some case studies of the interpretations of AEs are discussed (Sardinian ge, Spanish ya in the Basque country, Romanian deja, Northern Italian già), where minimal variation and change play a role and where the different functions of AEs can be interpreted as the result of language contact.
Key words:phasal adverbs, discourse marker, grammaticalization, language contact, polysemy, minimal variation
Language: English

Citations to this publication: 1

References in this publication: 3

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