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Slavic Grammar from a Formal Perspective

The 10th Anniversary FDSL Conference, Leipzig 2013


Edited By Gerhild Zybatow, Petr Biskup, Marcel Guhl, Claudia Hurtig, Olav Mueller-Reichau and Maria Yastrebova

The proceedings of the 10 th European Conference on Formal Description of Slavic Languages in Leipzig 2013 offer current formal investigations into Slavic morphology, phonology, semantics, syntax and information structure. In addition to papers of the main conference, the volume presents those of two special workshops: «Formal Perspectives and Diachronic Change in Slavic Languages» and «Various Aspects of Heritage Language». The following languages are addressed: Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian (BCS), Bulgarian, Czech, Macedonian, Old Church Slavonic, Polish, Russian, Serbo-Croatian, Resian, Slovak and Slovene.
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The correlative configuration in Polish


← 382 | 383 →Joanna Pietraszko

University of Chicago

This study is an investigation of the correlative construction in Polish. It provides syntactic evidence suggesting that correlative clauses in this language should be analyzed as topicalized free relatives. This type of analysis lends support to the movement approach to correlatives, emphasizing the structural relationship of the preposed relative clause and some position inside the matrix clause.

The correlative construction can be thought of as a relativization strategy attested in a variety of languages (e.g. Hungarian, Hindi and Slavic languages). Two most basic descriptive properties of correlatives are presented in (1) and exemplified with Hindi (2) and Polish (3). I will refer to the embedded clause as the free relative (FR) and the whole sentence as the correlative construction.


Cross-linguistic properties of correlatives:


The free relative precedes the main clause1

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