Definiteness in Bulgarian: Modelling the Processes of Language Change
Like other Slavic languages, Bulgarian lacked a definite article in its earlier stages. Unlike them, it has one today.The book formulates the rules that govern the use of articles and other markers of (in)definiteness in Modern Standard Bulgarian in comparison with the seventeenth century, and constructs a model of transition from the older system to the modern one, a model which is then evaluated against broader historical and dialect data and placed in a Balkan and general Slavic context.
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expression and content
The diachronic model of definiteness
Language variation and textology
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1M1 nominals adjectives adverbials anaphoric animacy Balkan BDPM Botevgrad Bulgarian dialects Bulgarian nominals clitic clitic reduplication context Cyxun damaskin damaskin language dative definite article Demina demonstrative pronoun deto diachronic double marking edin evolution examples expression feminine forms function gender golemec grammatical category Hilandar him.ACC him.CL.DAT him.DAT homilies inalienable possessions indefinite innovation ISSF Kjustendil kojto Kotel Kotel damaskin linguistic Lyons marked nominals markers of definiteness masculine mass nouns me.DAT Middle Bulgarian MiletiC Mladenov Mladenov-Archive Modern Bulgarian Moesian mUid Musina nite njakoj nominal types nominals of type non-specific Noun-Article nouns one.MASC overt definiteness plurals position preposition pronominal Proto-Slavic quantitative reduplication REFL.ACC REFL.DAT Region relative pronouns restrictive reading SbNU semantic sentences seventeenth century singular situationally unique Slavic speakers Standard Bulgarian standard language Stojkov SviStov damaskin syntactic synthetic Table textological this.MASC three-way article system Tixonravov damaskin togazi typifying unique referents unmarked vsidki was.3SG whereas zendta