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LINGUIST List 19.442

Thu Feb 07 2008

Qs: Definiteness/Specificity in Colloquial Sinhala

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        1.    Gavin Austin, Definiteness/Specificity in Colloquial Sinhala


Message 1: Definiteness/Specificity in Colloquial Sinhala
Date: 06-Feb-2008
From: Gavin Austin <gaustin2une.edu.au>
Subject: Definiteness/Specificity in Colloquial Sinhala
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Dear Colleagues,

I'd be very appreciative if someone could verify the following data from
Colloquial Sinhala. What I'm interested in how 'a dog' in (1) and (2) is
marked for definiteness/specificity in this language.

(1) ''I'm looking for a dog. Have you seen him?'' [-def, +spec]
Colloquial Sinhala: balla(wa)/*ballek(wa)

(2) ''I'm looking for a dog. I need a new pet.'' [-def, -spec]
Colloquial Sinhala: *balla(wa)/ballek(wa)

Thanks in advance.
Gavin Austin
U of New England

Linguistic Field(s): Semantics



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