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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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Epistemic Indefinites in Slovak: Alternatives and Exhaustification?


← 396 | 397 →Veronika Richtarcikova

Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona

This paper introduces Slovak indefinites marked with affixes voľa- and -si. They are expressions that lexically encode lack of knowledge (ignorance in some measure) about the identity of the referent; therefore, they can be classified as “Epistemic Indefinites” (EIs). Consider the following two illustrations.


Voľakoho/ Kohosi mi pripomína.


voľa-who/ who-si me reminds

‘He/She reminds me of somebodyvoľa/si.’ (I don’t know who)


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