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Title: Balkan Syntax and Semantics
Edited By: Olga Mišeska Tomić
Series Title: Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today 67

The book deals with some syntactic and semantic aspects of the shared Balkan Sprachbund properties. In a comprehensive introductory chapter, Tomić offers an overview of the Balkan Sprachbund properties. Sobolev, displaying the areal distribution of 65 properties, argues for dialect cartography. Friedman, on the example of the evidentials, argues for typologically informed areal explanation of the Balkan properties. The other contributions analyze specific phenomena: polidefinite DPs in Greek and Aromanian (Campos and Stavrou), Balkan constructions in which datives combine with impersonal clitics or non-active morphology (Rivero), Balkan optatives (Ammann and Auwera), imperative force in the Balkan languages (Isac and Jakab), clitic placement in Greek imperatives (Bošković), focused constituents in Romanian and Bulgarian (Hill), synthetic and analytic tenses in Romanian (D'Hulst, Coene and Avram), "purpose-like" modification in a number of Balkan languages (Bužarovska), Balkan modal existential “wh”-constructions (Grosu), child and adult strategies in interpreting empty subjects in Serbian/Croatian (Stojanović and Marelj), conditional sentences in Judeo-Spanish (Montoliu and Auwera).

Table of contents

Preface vii
Map of the Balkans ix
List of abbreviations xi
The Balkan Sprachbund morpho-syntactic properties: An introduction
Olga Mišeska Tomić 1–55
Spread of the Balkan Sprachbund morpho-syntactic properties
On the areal distribution of the syntactic properties in the languages of the Balkans
Andrej N. Sobolev 59–100
The Typology of Balkan Evidentiality and Areal Linguistics
Victor A. Friedman 101–134
The nominal phrase
Polydefinite constructions in Modern Greek and in Aromanian
Héctor Campos and Melita Stavrou 136–173
Balkan possessive clitics: The problem of case and category
Roumyana Pancheva 175–219
Optional movement of Bulgarian possessive clitics to I: Some implications for Binding Theory
Christo Moskovsky 221–233
The root clause
Datives and the non-active voice: Reflexive clitics in Balkan languages
María Luisa Rivero 237–267
On the clitic switch in Greek imperatives
Željko Bošković 269–291
Complementizer-headed main clauses for volitional moods in the languages of South-Eastern Europe: a Balkanism? 293–314
Mood and force features in the languages of the Balkans
Daniela Isac and Edit N. Jakab 315–338
On left periphery and focus
Virginia Hill 339–354
Syncretic and analytic tenses in Romanian: The Balkan setting of Romance
Yves D'hulst, Martine Coene and Larisa Avram 355–374
The complex sentence
Subjunctive relatives in Balkan languages
Eleni Bužarovska 377–404
The syntax-semantics of modal existential wh constructions
Alexander Grosu 405–438
Interpreting empty subjects in nontensed complement clauses: Child and adult Strategies
Danijela Stojanovic and Marijana Marelj 439–459
On Judeo-Spanish conditionals
César Montoliu and Johan Van der Auwera 461–474
Author Index 475
Index of languages, dialects and toponyms 481
Subject Index 487

Publication Year: 2004
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 158811502X
ISBN-13: 9781588115027
Pages: xvi, 499 pp.
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