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Why Slovenian Orphans Receive Special Treatment

 Time: Friday, March 23, 2012, 04:00pm - 05:15pm

 Place: Ballantine Hall 228

This talk combines research into the functional status of Slavic pronominal clitics as K(ase) heads and the curious case behavior of Slovenian adjectives in the so-called "Orphan Accusative" construction. In the absence of a nominal complement, masculine singular adjectives appear in the genitive rather than the expected accusative. This phenomenon is analyzed in terms of agreement with a pro-NP. Pro-NP is available because Slovenian "pronouns" need not be definite/referential and agreement with pro-NP is genitive because of a special morphological rule which, when there is no autonomous accusative form, points either to the nominative or to the genitive. Although usually resolved in terms of animacy, it is argued that the nominative option is unavailable here because Slavic lacks nominative pronouns. Finally, this account leads to a more finely grained understanding of the varied internal structures of South Slavic nominal projections, as they develop from NP to DP type languages.
In category: Morphosyntax and semantics


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