Definiteness in Bulgarian: Modelling the Processes of by Mladenova, Olga M.

By Mladenova, Olga M.

In its evolution from a man-made to an analytic language, Bulgarian obtained a grammaticalized class of definiteness. The ebook provides the 1st try to discover intimately how this occurred through evaluating the earliest sleek Bulgarian texts with modern dialect and traditional Bulgarian information. the fundamental devices of research are many of the kinds of nominal buildings headed by way of nouns or pronouns. The research calls for the stern terminological disentanglement of shape from content material and the adoption of a default inheritance version of definiteness that let the exhaustive category and tagging of nominal constructions encountered within the texts. Tagging makes it attainable to use quantitative research to nominal constitution and to evaluate the kinds to be had within the early texts from a present native-speaker viewpoint.

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Stanev) Table 14. Complementarity of personal and demonstrative pronouns in the third-person Anaphoric contexts Non-anaphoric contexts Strict Identity of sense Non-person Person 0M1 or equivalent + – – + 0M5 or equivalent – + + + Table 14 summarizes these findings. The choice between 0M1 and 0M5 nominals (or equivalent) is made at the intersection of two embedded oppositions – non-anaphoric vs. identity of sense anaphoric context vs. strict anaphoric – and inside the former – personal vs. non-personal referent.

Tja si e takava. FEM Expression 37 i xlopa du˘skata. THE ‘No matter what you do, you cannot change anything. She is like that. ’ Types 0M1-1 (az) and 0M5-1 (tazi) have specialized for strict anaphoric and non-anaphoric use, respectively, and have counterparts in the damaskin language, cf. (110) i pode do posteljata s[ve˛]t[o]mu symeonu. FEM with worms and from smrad˘ı ne mozˇe da stoi tam. MASC is like novy iov˘ı. MASC Job ‘And he went to St. 26 Besides these two types, the personal pronouns and the demonstrative third-person pronoun clearly form one paradigm in nominals of type 0M8, where the substitution of the third-person personal pronoun for the demonstrative one in non-anaphoric positions is at least awkward.

A. D. Sˇmelev proposes a model of (in)definiteness in Russian that makes use of oppositions such as trivial vs. non-trivial individualizing (first introduced by M. G. Seleznev), constant vs. variable denotative space and concrete vs. generalized reference (1992). An attempt to systematize the meanings of the grammatical category ‘definiteness’ in Bulgarian, based on the search for a stable ‘invariant’ core of the varying manifestations of definiteness was made by Valentin Stankov (1987). Moving away from this idea in his later work, he increased the number of dimensions relevant for definiteness to four: identifiability, totality, referentiality and significativity (Stankov 1995: 104).

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