Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
The Grammar of Expressivity - Oxford Scholarship Online
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

The Grammar of Expressivity

Daniel Gutzmann


While the expressive function of natural language has received much attention in recent years, the role grammar plays in the interpretation of expressive items has mainly been neglected in the semantic and pragmatic literature. On the other hand, while there have been syntactic studies of some expressive phenomena they do not explicitly connect to recent developments in semantics. This book bridges this gap, showing that semantics and pragmatics alone cannot capture all grammatical particularities of expressive items and that expressivity has strong syntactic reflexes that interact with the se ... More

Keywords: expressives, syntax-semantics interface, expressive adjectives, expressive intensifiers, expressive vocatives, multidimensional semantics, use-conditional semantics, syntactic features, agreement, minimalist syntax

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780198812128
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198812128.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Daniel Gutzmann, author
Senior Lecturer in German Linguistics, University of Cologne