Balkan Syntax and Semantics

Balkan Syntax and Semantics

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The book deals with some syntactic and semantic aspects of the shared Balkan Sprachbund properties. In a comprehensive introductory chapter, Tomic offers an overview of the Balkan Sprachbund properties. Sobolev, displaying the areal distribution of 65 properties, argues for dialect cartography. Friedman, on the example of the evidentials, argues for typologically informed areal explanation of the Balkan properties. The other contributions analyze specific phenomena: polidefinite DPs in Greek and Aromanian (Campos and Stavrou), Balkan constructions in which datives combine with impersonal clitics or non-active morphology (Rivero), Balkan optatives (Ammann and Auwera), imperative force in the Balkan languages (Isac and Jakab), clitic placement in Greek imperatives (Boskovic), focused constituents in Romanian and Bulgarian (Hill), synthetic and analytic tenses in Romanian (D'Hulst, Coene and Avram), "purpose-like" modification in a number of Balkan languages (Buzarovska), Balkan modal existential "wh"-constructions (Grosu), child and adult strategies in interpreting empty subjects in Serbian/Croatian (Stojanovic and Marelj), conditional sentences in Judeo-Spanish (Montoliu and Auwera).
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Product details

  • Hardback | 499 pages
  • 164 x 245 x 38.1mm | 840g
  • Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • English
  • 158811502X
  • 9781588115027

Table of contents

1. Preface; 2. Map of the Balkans; 3. List of abbreviations; 4. The Balkan Sprachbund morpho-syntactic properties: An introduction (by Miseska Tomic, Olga); 5. Spread of the Balkan Sprachbund morpho-syntactic properties; 6. On the areal distribution of the syntactic properties in the languages of the Balkans (by Sobolev, Andrej N.); 7. The Typology of Balkan Evidentiality and Areal Linguistics (by Friedman, Victor A.); 8. The nominal phrase; 9. Polydefinite constructions in Modern Greek and in Aromanian (by Campos, Hector); 10. Balkan possessive clitics: The problem of case and category (by Pancheva, Roumyana); 11. Optional movement of Bulgarian possessive clitics to I: Some implications for Binding Theory (by Moskovsky, Christo); 12. The root clause; 13. Datives and the non-active voice: Reflexive clitics in Balkan languages (by Rivero, Maria Luisa); 14. On the clitic switch in Greek imperatives (by Boskovic, Zeljko); 15. Complementizer-headed main clauses for volitional moods in the languages of South-Eastern Europe: a Balkanism?; 16. Mood and force features in the languages of the Balkans (by Isac, Daniela); 17. On left periphery and focus (by Hill, Virginia); 18. Syncretic and analytic tenses in Romanian: The Balkan setting of Romance (by D'hulst, Yves); 19. The complex sentence; 20. Subjunctive relatives in Balkan languages (by Buzarovska, Eleni); 21. The syntax-semantics of modal existential wh constructions (by Grosu, Alexander); 22. Interpreting empty subjects in nontensed complement clauses: Child and adult Strategies (by Stojanovic, Danijela); 23. On Judeo-Spanish conditionals (by Montoliu, Cesar); 24. Author Index; 25. Index of languages, dialects and toponyms; 26. Subject Index
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