This paper is part of the studies on intensification, i.e. a family of linguistic strategies that scale the referential force of a lexical item either upwardsor downwards. Focusing on phenomena of upward intensification, the study examines the morphological, syntactic and lexical strategies employed in Russian to intensify non-scalar nouns. Moreover it will attempt to explore the semantic-cognitive mechanisms (such as strengthening of meaning, class-membership and prototypicality), that induce a degree reading of non-scalar nouns. The last part of the paper discusses some pragmatic issues connected with the process of semantic intensification.
Benigni, V. (2017). Strategie di intensificazione in russo: i nomi non scalari tra semantica e pragmatica. In Marina di Filippo, François Esvan (a cura di), Studi di Linguistica Slava. Volume dedicato a Lucyna Gebert (pp. 15-34). Napoli : Il Torcoliere-Università degli Studi di Napoli “L’Orientale”.