The 10th Anniversary FDSL Conference, Leipzig 2013
Edited By Gerhild Zybatow, Petr Biskup, Marcel Guhl, Claudia Hurtig, Olav Mueller-Reichau and Maria Yastrebova
Freedom to choose alternatives
← 130 | 131 →Mojmír Dočekal & Hana Strachoňová
Masaryk University, Brno
This article presents a formal semantic account of Czech Free Choice Items (FCIs). The Czech FC series is represented by items derived from the k- root and its allomorphs (common wh-elements) by the -koli(v) affix. The affix seems to encode the freedom of choice, the hallmark of FCI meaning. Let us look at three environments where Czech FCIs appear very frequently. The first environment is that of so called universal concessive conditionals (UCCs), the most frequent sort of construction where Czech FCIs are grammatical. UCCs are exemplified with sentence (1).
Ať jsem se pustil do čehokoliv, všechno mě nudilo. (C1)let aux.1sg refl do.ptc in what-koliv.gen.sg everything I-acc bored‘Whatever it was I was doing, everything bored me.’
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