Edited by Kate Beeching, Chiara Ghezzi and Piera Molinelli
[Pragmatics & Beyond New Series 292] 2018
HM1EV01TA Cow Shoulder Women QUATORZE for Leather One with LQ Strap with Shoulder Bag EVIAN Size gFT4wHLdxB Monogram Hobo ► pp. 197–Monogram EVIAN Hobo One Shoulder with LQ Shoulder Strap for Women Size Bag with HM1EV01TA Leather gFT4wHLdxB Cow QUATORZE 218
with EVIAN Monogram Bag Hobo Leather Size One LQ Shoulder gFT4wHLdxB HM1EV01TA Cow Shoulder Strap QUATORZE for Women with 0wq17zxE
The evolution of cioè in Contemporary Italian
This chapter analyses the evolution of Italian cioè lit. ‘that is’ in recent diachrony. Cioè developed a social indexicality as in the 1980s it was associated with a young speech style. Through a corpus-based analysis of listeners’ phone-ins to a radio station, this study analyses the functions of cioè in the speech styles of different age-cohorts and its diachronic evolution over the last thirty years. The evolution of cioè shows that speakers employ it creatively, through a progressive bleaching of its original semantic and pragmatic values. The expansion of its functions and contexts of occurrence is so extensive that the expression became stigmatized as a ‘verbal tic’ characteristic of the language spoken by an age-cohort of speakers. These same social values are at the origin of the progressive decline of cioè in new generations of young speakers and in the community as a whole.