Italian mica and its use in discourse : an interactional account


Thaler, Verena



DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pragma.2016.07.011
URL: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S...
Additional URL: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/306422292...
Document Type: Article
Year of publication: 2016
The title of a journal, publication series: Journal of Pragmatics
Volume: 103
Page range: 49-69
Place of publication: Amsterdem, New York
Publishing house: Elsevier
ISSN: 0378-2166
Publication language: English
Institution: School of Humanities > Romanische Sprach- u. Medienwissenschaft I (Eckkrammer)
Subject: 450 Italian, Romanian, Rhaeto-Romanic
Individual keywords (German): Partikel , interaktionale Linguistik , diskursive Funktion , Konversationssanalyse , Kontextualisierung , metapragmatische Instruktion
Keywords (English): particle , mica , interactional linguistics , discourse function , conversation analysis , contextualization , metapragmatic instruction
Abstract: The paper is concerned with the Italian negation particle 'mica' and its use in spoken interaction. In particular, it aims to specify the types of contexts and sequential environments in which mica typically occurs and to define its functions in discourse. In previous studies, the latter have mostly been linked to emphasis or to specific presuppositions including counter-expectations on the part of the hearer and/or the speaker. More recent accounts have referred to a specific information-structural status of the negated proposition and to the expression of intersubjectivity. I will argue that all of these approaches provide important elements for a detailed analysis of the use of 'mica', but that none of them are sufficient. Contrary to previous studies, the analysis proposed in this paper includes the larger sequential environment of the utterances under examination and is based on naturally occurring conversation data. The study shows that 'mica' typically occurs in disaffiliative contexts and in contexts where the speaker signals some kind of emotive involvement. In such contexts the basic functions of mica can be defined as relating the current utterance to a particular aspect of context and expressing a kind of metapragmatic instruction directing the hearer to update common ground.

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