The Bulgarian discourse marker де in a Balkan context Cover Image

Българският дискурсен маркер 'де' в балкански контекст
The Bulgarian discourse marker де in a Balkan context

Author(s): Ekaterina Tarpomanova
Subject(s): Language studies, Language and Literature Studies, Theoretical Linguistics, Applied Linguistics, Lexis, Semantics, Pragmatics, Historical Linguistics, Comparative Linguistics
Published by: Институт за български език „Проф. Любомир Андрейчин“, Българска академия на науките
Keywords: discourse markers; etymology of discourse markers; usage of discourse markers; Balkan Sprachbund
Summary/Abstract: The paper discusses the discourse marker де in the languages of the Balkan Sprachbund (Bulgarian, Albanian, Greek, and Romanian). Theories on the etymology of де in the Balkan languages are analyzed in view of the likelihood of a substratum, Turkic or Slavic origin. The focus is on the use and meaning of the discourse marker. In Bulgarian, Greek, and Albanian, three main meanings can be distinguished, along with some set phrases, while Romanian deviates from the Balkan pattern in the use of the marker.