[PLing] Slavic Linguistics Colloquium

Arsenijevic, Boban (boban.arsenijevic@uni-graz.at) boban.arsenijevic at uni-graz.at
Fri Nov 6 12:01:45 CET 2020

Slavic Linguistics Colloquium

The first talk of the Slavic Linguistics Colloquium will take place next Wednesday, November 11 at 12:15.

Radek Šimík & Jakub Sláma (Prague) will talk about the following topic: On evidential relative clauses: The case of Czech jak-relatives

The zoom-link for this talk is the following: https://hu-berlin.zoom.us/j/64846185582?pwd=K1kyMGI5WVhjd1ZXNWFJbWc4T0U2Zz09

You find an abstract for this talk below.

The full programme for the colloquium can be found here: https://sites.google.com/view/slavlingcoll/

Abstract: Czech has a range of strategies of forming headed relative clauses - relying either on the use of relative pronouns (který, jaký, jenž) or on the use of a complementizer (co, jak) and an (optional) resumptive. In this talk, we focus on the least studied and understood species - the jak-relatives, e.g. Honil toho medvěda, jak furt utíkal na ten sever 'He chased the bear that kept running away to the north'. Building on and revising the somewhat isolated observation of Poldauf (1955), namely that a nominal referent modified by jak-relatives needs to be sensorily or mnemonically "accesssible" to both the speaker and the hearer, we argue that a jak-relative does not semantically intersect with its nominal head, but rather denotes an "identifying property" which helps identify a referent whose existence is presupposed. The property has a hearer-oriented evidential component - the speaker assumes that the hearer has evidence (direct or indirect) that the property (jak-relative denotation) holds of the nominal referent (head of the relative clause). We discuss the empirical consequences of the analysis and present relevant corpus evidence.

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