A Linguist's Linguist
Studies in South Slavic Linguistics in Honor of E. Wayles Brown
Publication Year: 2009
Published by: Slavica Publishers
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It gives us great pleasure to present to you this collection of studies in South Slavic linguistics in honor of our friend, mentor, and colleague E. Wayles Browne. Wayles has played a special role in our professional lives. Throughout his career, he has been a subtle yet persistent force in bringing Slavic puzzles to the attention of the larger world ...
Publications by E. Wayles Browne
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On Conjoined Questions and Conjoined Relative Clauses in English and Serbo-Croatian
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As is well known, both Serbo-Croatian (SC) and English have means for forming yes-no questions and relative clauses. What is more, these categories correspond well in the two languages: a question is normally translated by a question, and a relative clause by a relative clause, although English provides some devices which SC lacks ...
What is Second Position, Anyway? BCS Clitics Revisited
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For many in our field, the name of Wayles Browne is identified with what was once Serbo-Croatian and is now BCS (Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian):1 his love of the language and his thorough knowledge of its structure are legendary, as is his willingness to spend hours discussing all aspects of it with anyone—student, teacher, or colleague—who shares this love of his. ...
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In this article, which is dedicated to my friend and colleague Wayles Browne, I first identify the construction-specific morphosyntactic properties of existential sentences (ES) in a number of different languages and then propose a universally valid syntactic representation of the existential construction. 1 ...
On Leo Tolstoy, Its Structure, Case, Left-Branch Extraction, and Prosodic Inversion
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The goal of this paper is to discuss the internal structure of complex names in Serbo-Croatian (SC) as well as its relevance for clitic placement. Four different patterns are posited based on the behavior of complex names with respect to case, left-branch extraction, focalization, modification by adjectives, and occurrence in inherent case contexts. ...
The Two "Possessor Raising" Constructions of Bulgarian
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In this article we present an analysis of a specific phenomenon of Bulgarian syntax, which can be better understood, we argue, through a comparison with Romance. As is often the case when one compares different languages, certain construction s appear not to correspond neatly. ...
Morphology-Free Syntax: Two Potential Counter-Examples from Serbo-Croat
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An important aspect of Wayles' work is his combined interest in the small and the large: he is very interested in the detail, the individual items of language, and at the same time in how these impact on larger-scale generalizations. For instance, his (1978) paper on the Russian verb výgljadet' 'appear' focuses on this single verb, ...
Natural Syntax: Expressions of Future Time
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Natural Syntax is a (developing) deductive linguistic theory that determines the presuppositions on the basis of which a (morpho)syntactic state of affairs can be predicted, and thus synchronically explained. The two basic kinds of presuppositions are naturalness scales and rules of alignment among corresponding values of any two scales. ...
Macedonian Pronominal Clitics as Object Agreement Markers
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This paper, dedicated to my mentor and friend Wayles Browne, is a modest contribution to the popular proposal that the traditional pronominal clitics found in South Slavic (and other) languages might more insightfully be regarded as markers of object agreement. This idea is, for example, put forward in Rudin 1997, ...
The Diffusion of Macedonian Inflections into Megleno-Romanian: A Reconsideration of the Evidence
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A frequently cited example of the diffusion of inflectional affixes via language contact uses data from Macedonian and Megleno-Romanian that have their source in Capidan (1925: 159-61). The example is cited with sufficient frequency that it merits re-examination, elaboration, and updating. ...
The Genitive-of-Quantification Clitic in Siovenian
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Slavic second position cliticization has been an area of vibrant research in generative grammar dating from Wayles Browne's seminal 1968 article. Since then, a standard approach to second position (2P) or "Wackernagel" clause-mate clitics has evolved which assumes, within the framework of the minimalist theory of grammar, ...
Language and National Identity in Croatian Academic Discourse
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One of the central themes of Croatian nationalist ideology is the historical and linguistic distinctiveness of the Croatian people. Much energy has been devoted to uncovering the origins of the Croats and their language, and in many texts there is a tendency to push the beginnings of a distinct Croatian cultural and linguistic identity ...
On Clitic Doubling in Gorica Siovenian
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In this paper we offer a preliminary report on a phenomenon found in several western Slovenian dialects which, in view of several claims and correlations made in the literature, one would not expect in these dialects. Clitic doubling, a phenomenon where an argument of the verb is doubled by a corresponding clitic, ...
Applicative Constructions in Siovenian
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Applicative constructions have received quite a lot of attention in the recent linguistic literature. This revival of the previous research on the subject (Baker 1988, Bresnan and Moshi 1993, Marantz 1984, 1993, Pesetsky 1995) is largely due to the extensive research in terms of treating applicative constructions as a result of an applicative head attachment in the syntax, ...
The Structure of Complements of Verbs of Perception in Croatian
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In the last forty years verbs of perception have attracted great attention from linguists, especially with regard to the structure of their complements. In different languages, verbs of perception may have the following categories as complements: NPs, PPs, various types of finite clauses (CPs), and infinitival or participial constructions, ...
The (Western) South Slavic Language Question Revisited
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The Slavic Language Question is a term coined by Riccardo Picchio2 who, together with Harvey Goldblatt, edited a book called Aspects of the Slavic Language Question. As he put it, the essays collected in this volume deal with various aspects of the controversies surrounding the use and codification of literary languages ...
Siobbovia, Slovenia, and Obscurity: Reflections on the Other
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The name Slobbovia (or more frequently, Lower Slobbovia or Lower Slobovia) is familiar to most Americans as a fictitious benighted land, whether it is invoked as a hypothetical example in economics textbooks (perhaps as a country where widgets are manufactured) or as a disparaging reference to a less fortunate and faraway country ...
On the Shift of Bosnian Accent from Host to Proclitic: New Insights
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A well known phonetic feature of BCMS is its pitch accent. The "classical" pitch accents, first described by Vuk Karadžić, are preserved best in Bosnian; the other three "languages" either did not have the same accentual system to begin with or have undergone changes ...
The Bulgarian Relative Marker -to
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This suffix occurs obligatorily on all and only relative wh-words. Wh-words without the -to suffix are used in questions, both mainclause and embedded, while those with -to form headed and headless relative clause constructions. The two are never interchangeable: ...
Animacy and Multiple Feature Sharing:Restrictions with Accusative Reflexive Impersonals in Burgenland-Croatian and Varieties of BCS
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In this article we present an analysis of a specific phenomenon of Bulgarian syntax, which can be better understood, we argue, through a comparison with Romance. As is often the case when one compares different languages, certain constructions appear not to correspond neatly. ...
South Slavic Clitics Expressing Possession
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The South Slavic languages have dative and accusative clitic forms which occur in clitic clusters in the CP and which operate in Serbian/ Croatian/Bosnian as arguments of two-place verbs, and in Macedonian and Bulgarian either as arguments of two-place verbs or as case markers of such arguments. ...
Interrogative left Branch Extraction in Serbian/Croatian
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It is well known that most Slavic languages violate Ross's (1967) Left Branch Constraint (LBC), devised to disallow English constructions like the following, in which wh-determiners, possessors, and adjectives are fronted out of NP.1 ...
Page Count: 495
Publication Year: 2009
Edition: corrected reprint