Discourse and metadiscourse of Hebrew SOV in the heated parliamentary arena

Hadar Netz, Ron Kuzar

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This paper examines the syntactic, informational, discursive, and metadiscursive functions of the SOV construction in heated parliamentary dialogic discourse. Syntax and information structure coincide in the SOV construction, creating a tripartite structure, in which the initial subject is topicalized, the medially positioned object contains defocalized topical material, and the reduced object-less VP constitutes a narrowed down focus domain, containing the newsworthy element. Discursively, the subject and the newsworthy element stand in contrast with parallel elements in a paired sentence, which is often only implicit. Metadiscursively, the SOV construction is employed in the heated parliamentary arena for an emotively accentuated expression of propriety/impropriety.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)67-79
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Pragmatics
StatePublished - Feb 2019

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  • Contrast
  • Defocalization
  • Emotive accent
  • Metadiscourse
  • Newsworthiness
  • Political discourse
  • SOV

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language
  • Artificial Intelligence


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