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Language in Research and Teaching

Proceedings from the CALS Conference 2016

Edited By Marija Brala Vukanović and Anita Memišević

This book aims at bridging language research and language teaching and contains four sections. It opens with two papers which relate language to literature: one exploring childlike language, the second investigating the distinction between literary and non-literary text categorization principles. Next are the papers on multicultural and sociolinguistic topics, including a paper on English as an international language, and two papers on the perception of bilingualism in education. The third thematic section explores semantics, with two papers on prefixes and one on metaphor. The final thematic section is dedicated to syntax, with one paper on complex predicates, one on syntactic complexity in spontaneous spoken language and one of Croatian null and overt subject pronouns.

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A cognitive semantico-syntactic analysis of the Croatian verbal prefix nad- (Marija Brala Vukanović / Anita Memišević)

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Marija Brala Vukanović

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Rijeka mbrala@ffri.hr

Anita Memišević

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences in Rijeka amemisevic@ffri.hr

A cognitive semantico-syntactic analysis of the Croatian verbal prefix nad-

Abstract: The focus of the paper is on the semantics of the Croatian prefix nad-, or, more specifically, on its contribution to the verbal semantics and the resulting network of senses realized by all the ‘nad-’ prefixed verbs in standard Croatian. We first offer a brief overview of the extant analyses of this prefix in Croatian. This is complemented by a brief review of the corresponding prefix nad- in Macedonian and Bulgarian (Mitkovska & Bužarovska 2012). Next, we propose a detailed and systematic analysis of the semantic components and the syntactic requirements of all the Croatian nad- prefixed verbs. The approach, which takes into account both the semantic components and the syntactic behavior of verbs, allows us to create a much more finely-grained semantic network of senses compared to those presented in previous research. In the concluding part of the paper we systematize the syntactic behaviour of nad-prefixed verbs and present the obtained semantically motivated network of senses of nad-. By way of final analysis, we try and relate our findings to the feature of +/-ATTACHEMNT, previously recognized (Brala, 2008) as centrally differentiating the meaning of the Croatian prepositions (iz)nad and preko. The central hypothesis of the paper is...

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