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Slavic Languages in the Perspective of Formal Grammar

Proceedings of FDSL 10.5, Brno 2014


Edited By Markéta Ziková, Pavel Caha and Mojmír Dočekal

The volume comprises papers that were presented at the 14th European conference on «Formal Description of Slavic Languages 10.5» at Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic. The conference focuses on formal approaches to Slavic phonology, morphology, syntax and semantics. The present contributions describe interesting data patterns found in Slavic languages and analyze them from the perspective of formal grammar, including generative syntax, Distributed Morphology, formal semantics and others.
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Why is Distributivity So Hard? New Evidence from Distributive Markers and Licensors in Czech


Abstract Sentences with pluralities can be interpreted in several ways. One such interpretation involves collective action, in which the plurality, as a whole, functions as an argument. In another, distributive, interpretation, each member of the plurality fulfills the same argument role. It has been noted that the distributive interpretation is often marked. This paper discusses an experiment on Czech providing evidence that distributivity is marked because (i) readers prefer simpler syntactic structures (Minimal Attachment, Frazier, (1978)), and (ii) distributivity is syntactically more complex than the collective interpretation and the difference is marked on dependent arguments, most commonly, objects.

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