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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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Clitic Templates and Discourse Marker ti in Old Czech


Anton Zimmerling

Sholokhov Moscow State University for the Humanities/Institute of Linguistics, Russian Academy of Sciences

1. Aims

This paper aims at solving two problems of Slavic syntax – a) to prove that Old Czech had a discourse clitic particle ti1 attested in other Old Slavic languages, b) to describe Old Czech clitic template for the first time. Both problems are related: the proof that Old Czech ti1 was a separate syntactic element is based on the claim that ti1 was part of Old Czech clitic template and had a unique slot in it.

2. The data

Old Czech data are based on the corpus analysis of ‘Dalimil chronicle’ (XIVth century). In a comparative and typological perspective, Old Czech is compared to Old Novgorod Russian, Modern Czech to and three areal types of clitic systems, called West Slavic type, Old Russian type and Balcanic Slavic type.

3. Working hypothesis, framework

I adopt a template approach in clitic studies (cf. Zalizniak 1993; Franks and King 2000; Browne 2008; Zimmerling and Kosta 2013) and implement the methods of formal typology. The basic assumption is that if clitic system is stable, clitic-internal ordering can be described in terms of templates (matrices), with one-to-one correspondence between clitic classes and template slots, so that a Template Rule predicts linear ordering a > b (‘a precedes b’) for each pair of clusterizing clitics (a, b) if they stand contiguously. Languages with clitic clusters have...

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