Vol. 2022 (8)
Articles

On Intensifiers and Categorial Shift: The Case of Temperature Terms in Italian

Published August 29, 2022
Keywords
  • Adjective,
  • Evaluative,
  • Intensifier,
  • Noun,
  • Temperature Term
How to Cite
Franco, L. (2022). On Intensifiers and Categorial Shift: The Case of Temperature Terms in Italian. Quaderni Di Linguistica E Studi Orientali, 2022, 9-22. https://doi.org/10.13128/qulso-2421-7220-13600

Abstract

In this squib, we consider the issue of categorization applied to temperature terms, specifically targeting the use of nominal elements as intensifiers in a series of morphosyntactic contexts in Italian. We show that a set of (light) nouns can be used as evaluative classifiers, and that – at the same time – they can trigger a nominal value for the (adjectival) items they modify. We demonstrate that we have two options to operate a quantification over a predicative adjectival root: degree modification via quantification/gradation or intensification via evaluative “light nouns” or adjectival items providing a category (individuating) shift. We provide a model based on the theoretical insights of Savoia et al. (2017) for the lexical items introduced in the discussion.

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