Conveying emphasis for intensity: Lexical and syntactic strategies

Andrea Beltrama, Andreas Trotzke

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© 2019 John Wiley & Sons Ltd Emphasis is a widely investigated notion in linguistics. In this article, we focus on emphasis for intensity, a general linguistic strategy whereby linguistic objects are given prominence by virtue of being selected from the upper range of a scale. We consider two linguistic domains where emphasis for intensity can be observed: the lexical domain, where it is conveyed via a variety of intensifiers, and the domain of syntax, where it can be conveyed via different types of non-canonical word order. While distinct in many respects, such families of constructions can be seen as conveying a unified effect, raising a number of issues concerning how the relation between emphasis and scalarity is best captured across languages and constructions.
Original languageEnglish
Article numbere12343
JournalLanguage and Linguistics Compass
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2019


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