Piera Molinelli

List of John Benjamins publications for which Piera Molinelli plays a role.


Positioning the Self and Others: Linguistic perspectives

Edited by Kate Beeching, Chiara Ghezzi and Piera Molinelli

[Pragmatics & Beyond New Series, 292] 2018. vi, 316 pp.
Subjects Discourse studies | Pragmatics | Sociolinguistics and Dialectology

Synchrony and Diachrony: A dynamic interface

Edited by Anna Giacalone Ramat, Caterina Mauri and Piera Molinelli

[Studies in Language Companion Series, 133] 2013. xi, 450 pp.
Subjects Historical linguistics | Theoretical linguistics


This study explores the emergence and conventionalization of the Italian pragmatic marker ma vieni ‘hooray’ (lit. ‘but come’) in the short micro-diachrony of the past thirty years, considering both extra-linguistic and systemic factors. We show that a number of audio-visual media helped trigger… read more
This paper discusses the discursive and interpersonal functions conveyed by the Italian negative operator no(?) ‘no’, suggesting a possible pathway of functional enrichment that can account for its high degree of polyfunctionality. Drawing on the KIParla corpus of contemporary spoken Italian, we… read more
This paper examines the synchronic competition and diachronic substitution of three Latin temporal expressions: tum, tunc (‘at that time’, ‘then’), and later dumque (originally, ‘while-and’), and its Old Italian outcome dunque (‘then’). Besides providing a new path of development and a new… read more
Ghezzi, Chiara and Piera Molinelli 2020 Connectives and cyclicity: From the Latin temporal phrase illa hora to the Italian discourse marker allora The Role of Pragmatics in Cyclic Language Change, Mosegaard Hansen, Maj-Britt (ed.), pp. 208–235 | Article
This paper focuses on the formal and functional development of Italian allora (< Latin ad illa(m) hora(m) [‘in that hour’]) ‘at that time, then, well’ considering its polyfunctionality and its relationship with the functional space of dunque (‘then, therefore’). The developments of both forms… read more
Beeching, Kate, Chiara Ghezzi and Piera Molinelli 2018 Chapter 1. IntroductionPositioning the Self and Others: Linguistic perspectives, Beeching, Kate, Chiara Ghezzi and Piera Molinelli (eds.), pp. 1–18 | Chapter
Molinelli, Piera 2018 Chapter 3. Sociocultural and linguistic constraints in address choice from Latin to ItalianPositioning the Self and Others: Linguistic perspectives, Beeching, Kate, Chiara Ghezzi and Piera Molinelli (eds.), pp. 51–79 | Chapter
This chapter identifies the changes which led from the Early Latin address system, when address choice was unmarked as to the reverential dimension, to Late Latin, when such functions progressively emerged establishing the opposition between tu and Vos (2pl), and then to the Italian system.… read more
Ghezzi, Chiara and Piera Molinelli 2016 Politeness markers from Latin to Italian: Periphery, discourse structure and cyclicityPeriphery – Diachronic and Cross-Linguistic Approaches, Higashiizumi, Yuko, Noriko O. Onodera and Sung-Ock S. Sohn (eds.), pp. 307–337 | Article
This study compares the development of the Latin and Italian politeness markers quaeso and prego (‘please’). The markers, originally performative verbs meaning ‘I ask, I pray’, have developed politeness-related functions which index the action structure (i.e., polite requests) and the exchange… read more
Giacalone Ramat, Anna, Caterina Mauri and Piera Molinelli 2013 Synchrony and diachrony: Introduction to a dynamic interfaceSynchrony and Diachrony: A dynamic interface, Giacalone Ramat, Anna, Caterina Mauri and Piera Molinelli (eds.), pp. 1–24 | Article