The Language of Interjections

  • Isabella Poggi
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 5398)


The paper presents a theoretical view of interjections. It defines them as holophrastic codified signals, whose meaning corresponds to complete speech acts including a specific performative and propositional content. Interjections are then distinguished from exclamations and onomatopoeias, and some devices are analyzed that characterize them. An overview of the syntactic, lexical and semantic features of interjections is provided, and a typology of Italian interjections is presented.


interjections onomatopoeia exclamation holophrastic language emotional language 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Isabella Poggi
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  1. 1.Dipartimento di Scienze dell’EducazioneUniversità Roma TreRomaItaly

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