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New Insights into Slavic Linguistics


Edited By Jacek Witkos and Sylwester Jaworski

This volume presents a number of contributions to the 2013 Annual Meeting of the Slavic Linguistics Society held in Szczecin, Poland, October 26–28. The largest number of articles address issues related to the (morpho)syntactic level of language structure, and several papers describe results of recent research into different aspects of Slavic linguistics as well. The current volume proves conclusively that Slavic linguists make a remarkable contribution to the development of various theoretical frameworks by analysing linguistic evidence from richly inflected languages, which allows them to test and modify contemporary theories and approaches based on other types of data.
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Epistemic Indefinites in Slovak: Corpus Survey and the Haspelmath Map


Veronika Richtarcikova

Pompeu Fabra University, Barcelona

1.  Introduction

Epistemic indefinites (EIs) are expressions that overtly mark ignorance, i.e. the speaker’s inability to identify their referent1. The properties and behavior of EIs are distinct from those of plain indefinites. In order to introduce this contrast, consider the following example with Slovak niekto and its English equivalent somebody:

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