POSSESSIVE AND NON-POSSESSIVE INTERPRETATION 
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ПОСЕСИВНА И НЕПОСЕСИВНА ИНТЕРПРЕТАЦИЯ НА НЕЕДНОЗНАЧНИ ИЗРЕЧЕНИЯ
POSSESSIVE AND NON-POSSESSIVE INTERPRETATION OF AMBIGUOUS SENTENCES

Author(s): Galina Petrova
Subject(s): Language studies, Morphology, Syntax
Published by: ЮГОЗАПАДЕН УНИВЕРСИТЕТ »НЕОФИТ РИЛСКИ«
Keywords: ambiguous sentences; “possessor raising”; external possessor
Summary/Abstract: A specific phenomenon of Bulgarian language is the homonymy between argument dative clitics and possessive clitics. This paper presents an analysis of ambiguous sentences with a dative clitic in verb-adjacent position. Usually, it is the clausal Dative position but the possibility of having a possessive interpretation proves that here possessive pronouns can appear after their movement outside the DP (the so-called “possessor raising”). Two distinct constructions expressing possession are recognized – with possessive clitic in a DP-external position and with an argument dative clitic as external possessor.

  • Page Range: 364-369
  • Page Count: 6
  • Publication Year: 2015
  • Language: Bulgarian