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Revitalizing Endangered Languages

Edited by Justyna Olko & Julia Sallabank

Revitalizing Endangered Languages "This guidebook provides ideas and strategies, as well as some background, to help with the effective revitalization of endangered languages. It covers a broad scope of themes including effective planning, benefits, wellbeing, economic aspects, attitudes and ideologies."

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Dissertation Information

Title: Reference to and via properties: The case of Slovak Add Dissertation
Author: Veronika King nee Richtarcikova Update Dissertation
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Institution: Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Theoretical Linguistics
Completed in: 2018
Linguistic Subfield(s): General Linguistics; Morphology; Semantics; Syntax; Text/Corpus Linguistics;
Subject Language(s): Slovak
Language Family(ies): Slavic Subgroup
Director(s): Louise McNally

Abstract: Reference via adjectives typically requires an intermediate step: nominalization through overt derivational affixing. However, many languages allow even unaffixed adjectives to be used referentially. This thesis is a case study of this use of adjectives (called adjectival determiner phrases or A-DPs) in Slovak.

Based on corpus evidence, I describe their syntax and semantics. I argue that Slovak A-DPs, in contrast to derived nominalizations, have no nominal layer in their structure. The two meanings observed for A-DPs are shown to derive from the underlying character of adjectives themselves, specifi cally, from the fact that the semantic representation contains two variables, one for the property denoted by the adjective and one for the bearer of that property.

Additional research questions addressed in the thesis include a comparison of affix-based and affixless nominalization strategies, as well as the role and the distribution of determiners in Slovak A-DPs in light of their interaction with information structure.