The 10th Anniversary FDSL Conference, Leipzig 2013
Edited By Gerhild Zybatow, Petr Biskup, Marcel Guhl, Claudia Hurtig, Olav Mueller-Reichau and Maria Yastrebova
Predicate clefts in Bulgarian
← 230 | 231 →Elena Karagjosova & Katja Jasinskaja
Stuttgart University Cologne University
Predicate cleft constructions (PCCs) have been observed in a number of languages, including Slavic languages (cf. e.g. Abels 2001, Aboh and Dyakonova 2009 on Russian; Bondaruk 2009 on Polish). According to Abels (2001), whose terminology we adopt here, a PCC consists of a HEAD and a BODY. The HEAD is a phrase, usually infinitival. The BODY is a finite clause whose main verb repeats the main verb of the HEAD. In languages where this construction results from VP or V movement, one refers to it as predicate fronting with doubling, where the HEAD contains the fronted copy of the verb, and the BODY the lower copy. An example of a Russian PCC is given in (1), where the first clause is the predicate cleft, and the second is a typical adversative context in which PCCs occur.
[Rabotat’ (to)]HEAD [on rabotaet]BODY, no ničego ne zarabatyvaet.
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