In my contribution I will focus on the meaning of several occurrences of the negation "non" in Italian interrogative sentences which have the characteristic of not inverting the polarity of the clause expressed in the speech act. Following that, I will evaluate the possibility of translating the mentioned occurrences of the negation "non" with the occurrences of the negation "nicht" in German. Several properties of the negations "non" and "nicht" will be analyzed and corresponding classes of sentences in the two languages identified, in which the negations "non" and "nicht" seem to occur with the same meaning. Only in the last class of interrogative sentences analysed, that is, in the wh-interrogatives with rhetorical value, the negation with attenuated function "non" turns out to be better translated, in some cases, with the Abtönungspartikel "wohl", which becomes a rhetorical indicator in place of the negation.

Translatability into the German language of some attenuated uses of the Italian negation "non"

CANTARINI, Sibilla
2012

Abstract

In my contribution I will focus on the meaning of several occurrences of the negation "non" in Italian interrogative sentences which have the characteristic of not inverting the polarity of the clause expressed in the speech act. Following that, I will evaluate the possibility of translating the mentioned occurrences of the negation "non" with the occurrences of the negation "nicht" in German. Several properties of the negations "non" and "nicht" will be analyzed and corresponding classes of sentences in the two languages identified, in which the negations "non" and "nicht" seem to occur with the same meaning. Only in the last class of interrogative sentences analysed, that is, in the wh-interrogatives with rhetorical value, the negation with attenuated function "non" turns out to be better translated, in some cases, with the Abtönungspartikel "wohl", which becomes a rhetorical indicator in place of the negation.
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