Article published in:Advances in Functional Linguistics: Columbia School beyond its origins
Edited by Joseph Davis, Radmila J. Gorup and Nancy Stern
[Studies in Functional and Structural Linguistics 57] 2006
► pp. 195–209
Se without deixis
Arguing that the distribution of se in Serbo-Croatian cannot be explained by invoking a priori categories reflexive, impersonal, middle voice, etc., this analysis follows García (1983) and Davis (2000) to advance a hypothesis that se is a signal in the semantic substance of Participant Focus. Whereas other pronouns in this complex system signal a variety of meanings (in several semantic systems), se says that there is a bona fide participant centrally associated in the event named by the verb but does not give any more information about it. This study claims that the opposition of substance between se and all the other Participant Focus forms accounts for its distribution in Serbo-Croatian.
Published online: 20 December 2006
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