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A comparative analysis of the English and Bulgarian participles with a view to their categorial status
A comparative analysis of the English and Bulgarian participles with a view to their categorial status

Author(s): Vesselina Laskova
Subject(s): Language studies, Language and Literature Studies, Theoretical Linguistics, Comparative Linguistics, South Slavic Languages
Published by: Софийски университет »Св. Климент Охридски«
Keywords: English; Bulgarian; participles; comparative analysis;

Summary/Abstract: The aim of this article is to show that syntactic tests can be successfully applied in order to disambiguate participles. The work aims to show that we can hardly sustain the view that the prenominal participles in Enlgish are necessarily adjectival just because the prenominal position in English can be occupied only by adjectives. Considering data from both English and Bulgarian, we reach the conclusion that the English prenominal position does host verbal expressions. It is simply difficult to syntactically isolate the verbal meaning because English participles can occur in front of the noun only premodified but not postmodified.

  • Issue Year: 2009
  • Issue No: 3
  • Page Range: 5-24
  • Page Count: 20
  • Language: English