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Postposed Articles and DP Structures in Torlak

Jelena Živojinović    Università degli Studi di Verona, Italia; UiT Norges arktiske universitet, Tromsø    

Beatrice Azzolina    Università degli Studi di Verona, Italia

Veronica Girolami    Università degli Studi di Verona, Italia    

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abstract

This article sheds light on postposed articles and DP structures in Torlak, a non-standardised Balkan Slavic variety. Torlak and specifically Trgoviste-Torlak, unlike Bulgarian and Macedonian, does not exhibit MD. We argue that this scenery is due to a partial grammaticalization of the determiner, which is arguably an inflectional affix and maintains the demonstrative feature. In addition, we verify the nature of the Torlak DP and we make some considerations on the intermediate nature of this element with respect to the grammaticalization path, followed by the other Balkan Slavic varieties.

Published
Dec. 20, 2021
Accepted
Oct. 15, 2021
Submitted
July 20, 2021
Language
EN

Keywords: Multiple determinationBalkan SlavicDP structureArticlesTorlak

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