Constructions in French

Constructions in French

eBook - 2012
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My concern is the relationships between grammar and expressivity which have always remained represented a minority, if not a marginal, interest in linguistics. The paper deals with the construction 'P, histoire de inf.' (Prends quelques jours de repos, histoire de te changer les idâees 'take a few days' rest, just to have a break from everything'). It is shown, from a diachronic perspective, that the construction expresses an attitudinal meaning, the speaker's stance. The paper argues that, although expressivity and attitude meaning have usually been relegated to a secondary role.
Publisher: Amsterdam ; Philadelphia : John Benjamins Pub. Co., 2012
ISBN: 9789027204356
Characteristics: 1 online resource (vi, 287 pages)
Additional Contributors: Legallois, Dominique
Bouveret, Myriam


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