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Probleme ale omonimiei gramaticale: elementul predicativ suplimentar
The Problematics of Grammatical Homonymy: the Subject and Object Complements

Author(s): Florina Băcilă
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies
Published by: Editura Universităţii de Vest din Timişoara
Keywords: morphology; syntax; Subject and Object Complements; semantics; stylistics

Summary/Abstract: Starting from the idea that researchers have extended homonymy to other levels of the language in addition to the lexical one and defined it as an association of identical phonological structures with different meanings, the objective of the current paper is to examine some aspects of grammatical homonymy with reference to the Subject and Object Complements – syntactic functions that represent a highly debatable issue among linguists. We have in view the presence of the Complement in several constructions that can be interpreted in various ways, depending on the part of speech through which it is realized and its flexibility. In such ambiguous structures, the Subject and Object Complements can be frequently analyzed as Attributes, Predicatives or Objects. Moreover, many Romanian constructions with the Subject and Object Complements have very interesting derivative histories, but, at the same time, debatable from a certain perspective: the way they were produced. Subsequently, for clarifying, one can use techniques like articulation or word order change. This proves, once again, the necessity of an integrated approach to Romanian grammar, in order to avoid confusion: although it is still a problem of morpho-syntax, grammatical homonymy must be studied in relation with semantics and phonetics, thus being a typical case of interrelation between the branches of any language.

  • Issue Year: 2013
  • Issue No: 51-52
  • Page Range: 13-17
  • Page Count: 5
  • Language: Romanian
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