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Definiteness in Serbian/Croatian/Bosnian and some implications for the general structure of the nominal phrase

Trenkic, D. (2003) Definiteness in Serbian/Croatian/Bosnian and some implications for the general structure of the nominal phrase. Lingua, 114 (11). pp. 1401-1427. ISSN 0024-3841

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Abstract

This paper questions traditional views that in Serbian/Croatian/Bosnian (S/C/B), languages without a system of articles, definiteness may be expressed through some other linguistic means, namely word order, the aspect of adjectives, and demonstrative determiners. While it is assumed that semantic/pragmatic definiteness as a universal category is inferred in communication though some general principles of goal-oriented behaviour, it is argued that it is not grammaticalised in these languages. The structure of the nominal phrase in S/C/B is discussed, and evidence from an SLA study presented which supports the argument that DP is not projected on top of (full) nominal phrases in S/C/B.

Item Type: Article
Institution: The University of York
Academic Units: The University of York > Education (York)
Depositing User: York RAE Import
Date Deposited: 27 Mar 2009 14:37
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2009 14:37
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.lingua.2003.09.005
Status: Published
Publisher: Elsevier Science B.V.
Identification Number: 10.1016/j.lingua.2003.09.005
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/6973

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