Bunčić, Daniel ORCID: 0000-0002-1090-8907 (2019). Agent prominence in the Polish -no/-to construction. In: Linguistische Beiträge zur Slavistik: XXIV. JungslavistInnen-Treffen in Köln, 17.–19. September 2015, pp. 63-76. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang. ISBN 978-3-631-78455-6

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The Polish -no/-to construction is an arb, i.e. a human impersonal with a similar meaning as the impersonal pronouns man in German or on in French or the 3pl impersonal in Russian. The common view that it can be formed from virtually all verbs as long as the referent is human is here contested by an acceptability judgement test. It shows that verbs assigning more agentivity features to the subject are significantly better than verbs assigning fewer agentivity features, and completely un-agentive verbs are just as bad as inanimate referents. This reveals a prominence relation. The details of the findings indicate that the -no/-to construction behaves in a similar but nonetheless different way from other arbs and that the list of agentivity features has to be revised in order to model the prominence relation exactly.

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Bunčić, Danieldaniel.buncic@uni-koeln.deorcid.org/0000-0002-1090-890775767856
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URN: urn:nbn:de:hbz:38-112830
DOI: 10.3726/b15394
Title of Book: Linguistische Beiträge zur Slavistik: XXIV. JungslavistInnen-Treffen in Köln, 17.–19. September 2015
Page Range: pp. 63-76
Date: 2019
Publisher: Peter Lang
Place of Publication: Frankfurt am Main
ISBN: 978-3-631-78455-6
Language: English
Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Humanities
Divisions: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Fächergruppe 5: Moderne Sprachen und Kulturen > Slavisches Institut
Collaborative Research Centers > CRC 1252: Prominence in Language > TP B01
Subjects: Language, Linguistics
Other languages
Funders: DFG
Projects: SFB 1252 Prominence in Language
Refereed: No
URI: http://kups.ub.uni-koeln.de/id/eprint/11283


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