Chapter published in:Exploring Intensification: Synchronic, diachronic and cross-linguistic perspectives
Edited by Maria Napoli and Miriam Ravetto
[Studies in Language Companion Series 189] 2017
► pp. 101–126
Intensification and intensifying modification in Hittite
The present paper aims to describe intensification and intensifying modification in Hittite, a member of the Anatolian sub-branch of the extensive Indo-European family. Particular attention will be devoted to the following two questions: (i) Which are the most widespread means of intensification in Hittite? and (ii) Which linguistic levels are involved in the expression of intensification (phonological, grammatical, lexical, pragmatic or textual)? Using a corpus-based approach, the study integrates both quantitative and qualitative observations from a theoretical perspective that provides a semantic, syntactic, and pragmatic account of the intensification markers in different documented texts and genres in Hittite.
Keywords: Hittite language, morphological intensification, lexical intensification, graduation of adjectives, reduplication
Published online: 30 September 2017
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