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Dativ u romanima Mihaila Lalića
Dative in the Novels of Mihailo Lalić

Author(s): Nataša Jovović
Subject(s): Syntax, Semantics, Montenegrine Literature
Published by: Bosansko filološko društvo
Keywords: dative; Mihailo Lalić; purpose; directivity;

Summary/Abstract: This paper analyzes the functions and meanings of the dative in novels by Mihailo Lalić, which occurs in free and blocked usage, in which all prepositions except towards are monovalent. Given the nature of the relationship that is established in a construction consisting of case and preposition, dative belongs to the contact group of cases. This feature connects it with accusative and locative, which are opposed to genitive and instrumental, i.e. connection cases. In the language of Mihailo Lalić, dative is present in all syntactic and semantic relations and categories that normally characterize this case. The dominant characteristic is directivity, so that dative’s central function is marking the indirect object and spatial determinants, while at a stylistic level the functions of the subject, possessive and ethical dative contribute a particular language expression.

  • Issue Year: 2014
  • Issue No: 12
  • Page Range: 20-38
  • Page Count: 19
  • Language: Serbian