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O datiwie w językach Bałkanów raz jeszcze
The Balkan Dative revisited

Author(s): Zuzana Topolińska
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies
Published by: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Jagiellońskiego
Keywords: dative; genitive; anthropocentricity; beneficiens; experiencer; possessor; possessum

Summary/Abstract: The authors are interested in the semantic (= not formal) evolution of the dative case relationship. They carry their analysis in the framework of the anthropocentric case theory and argue that the referent of the dative NP (NPD) is the second (in the communicative hierarchy) human protagonist of the event (beneficiens and/or experiencer). Also the D ~ G opposition is analyzed on the semantic plane, with the referent of the NPG interpreted as the possessor in contexts when the possessor – possessum relation is realized at the level of a NP, and not at the sentential level. The syntactic, adverbal vs. adnominal position is understood as the basic, definitional difference between NPD and NPG at the formal plane.

  • Issue Year: 6/2011
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 139-151
  • Page Count: 13
  • Language: English