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9 - Adverbs, Mimetics and Ideophones

from Part Two - Topics in RRG: Simple Sentences

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  08 June 2023

Delia Bentley
University of Manchester
Ricardo Mairal Usón
Universidad National de Educación a Distancia, Madrid
Wataru Nakamura
Tohoku University, Japan
Robert D. Van Valin, Jr
Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf
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This chapter discusses adverbs in Role and Reference Grammar (RRG). It consists of two parts: the first part provides an overview of the account of adverbs in RRG with illustrations from English and shows that they occur in the periphery of the nucleus, core or clause. The second part focuses on ideophonic (or mimetic) adverbs in Japanese and a few other languages as a further illustration of the RRG account of adverbs and its typological scope, and argues that ideophonic adverbs modify either the nucleus or core in Japanese, while they also occur as a nuclear-internal modifier in a Totonac-Tepehua language.

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