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Adjective Complementation – Interlingual Perspective
Adjective Complementation – Interlingual Perspective

Author(s): Ilina Doykova
Subject(s): Syntax, Descriptive linguistics
Published by: Шуменски университет »Епископ Константин Преславски«
Keywords: one-place predicates; predicative adjectives; connotation; semantic profiles;

Summary/Abstract: The identity relation has a very basic role in the communication of information and is found in equative sentences, containing one-place predicates. In the present paper one basic predicative adjective pattern is examined in a bilingual English-Bulgarian corpus in order to establish the comparability and the semantic preference of certain adjectives in two languages. Although considered synonymous at the functional level, the collocational profiles of these adjectives reveal semantic nuances and are preferred in the expression of negative emotions in English. The comparison points to a different affective load into their semantics in Bulgarian thus semantically negative adjectives in the source language function with a positive charge in the target one.

  • Issue Year: 1/2014
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 122-131
  • Page Count: 10
  • Language: English, Bulgarian