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Italian sentence adverbs in the left periphery: Modeling their functional properties in online daily newspapers

Type of publication Peer-reviewed
Publikationsform Original article (peer-reviewed)
Author De Cesare Anna-Maria,
Project Italian Sentence Adverbs in a Contrastive Perspective (ISAaC)
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Original article (peer-reviewed)

Journal Revue Romane
Volume (Issue) 53(1)
Page(s) 96 - 120
Title of proceedings Revue Romane


This contribution describes the functional properties of Italian sentence adverbs (SAs) occurring in the left periphery, i.e. in clause initial position, on the basis of a corpus-based analysis of articles drawn from online daily newspapers. We show that a qualitative analysis of the data found in our corpus (albeit relatively small) using the Basel model for paragraph segmentation allows to substantially refining our understanding of the information and discourse properties of these items. Our data suggests that there are important differences in the information properties of two classes of SAs, thereby confirming a classification of the category of SAs in at least two main categories. Finally, the data analyzed allows further refining our taxonomic model of Sentence Adverbials.