Definiteness in Bulgarian: Modelling the Processes of Language Change

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Walter de Gruyter, 2007 - Foreign Language Study - 472 pages
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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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Contents

expression and content
9
The diachronic model of definiteness
93
Language variation and textology
247
Definiteness in the dialects
297
Bulgarian definiteness in a Balkan context
344
Concluding remarks
368
Note on language data treatment
437
Index
463
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Olga M. Mladenova, University of Calgary, Canada.

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