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Formal Description of Slavic Languages: The Ninth Conference

Proceedings of FDSL 9, Göttingen 2011


Edited By Uwe Junghanns, Dorothee Fehrmann, Denisa Lenertová and Hagen Pitsch

This volume contains a selection of thoroughly revised contributions to the 9th European Conference on Formal Description of Slavic Languages. The authors apply recent formal models in linguistics to issues concerning the lexicon, morphology, syntax, semantics, information structure, and phonology in Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, Bulgarian, Czech, Polish, Russian, and Slovenian. Topics of the papers include aspect and tense, axial expressions, case, control, copula, ditransitives, focus particles, indefiniteness, infinitives, nominal phrases, numerals, temporal adverbials, trochaic lengthening, and verb stems. The papers aim at proposing both descriptively accurate and explanatorily adequate analyses, considering all linguistic levels and interfaces. Due to its analytical scope and the broad spectrum of languages covered, the volume reflects the state of the art in current formal Slavic linguistics.


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Tatjana Marvin & Adrian Stegovec: A Note on Slovenian Ditransitives


A Note on Slovenian Ditransitives Tatjana Marvin & Adrian Stegovec University of Ljubljana Abstract In this paper we discuss Slovenian ditransitive sentences with respect to the two possible word orders of the objects found with neutral intonation, DAT>>ACC and ACC>>DAT. We propose that these two word orders instantiate different structures, following the line of thinking employed in Gračanin-Yuksek (2006) for Croatian. In Slovenian, the DAT>>ACC order has an applicative structure (either high or low), while the ACC>>DAT is a Prepositional Dative Construction. The applicative analysis provides a novel argument for this type of analysis. Other supporting arguments examined are scope properties, binding of possessives, the possibility of the causative reading and the distribution and formation of idioms. 1 Introduction This paper deals with Slovenian ditransitive sentences with respect to the two possible relative orders of the dative (DAT) and accusative (ACC) object found with neutral intonation, DAT>>ACC and ACC>>DAT. Pursuing the idea from Gračanin-Yuksek (2006) that parallel word orders in Croatian instantiate roughly two different structures that show the same opposition as the English Double Object (DOC hereafter) and Prepositional Dative (PDC hereafter) constructions, respectively, we claim that the same is true of Slovenian, though with some additional factors that need to be taken into account. These additional factors refer to the fact that Slovenian ditransitive sentences with DAT>>ACC word order show a lexically determined ambiguity with respect to the low and high applicative reading. Both applicative readings are available with send-...

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