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Dianne Jonas, John Whitman, and Andrew Garrett

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199582624

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199582624.001.0001

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An article evolving: the case of Old Bulgarian

An article evolving: the case of Old Bulgarian

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(p.160) 8 An article evolving: the case of Old Bulgarian
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Grammatical Change
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Mila Dimitrova-Vulchanova

Valentin Vulchanov

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199582624.003.0008

This chapter discusses the structure of the nominal expression in Old Bulgarian with a focus on the rise of the article. It builds on earlier work and further develops the observations therein, claiming that at the stage in question (tenth–eleventh century), there is sufficient evidence to consider the article as a functional category in the structure of the Old Bulgarian nominal phrase. The chapter is organized as follows. Section 8.2 discusses issues related to distinguishing between the article and the demonstrative in Old Bulgarian. Section 8.3 proposes formal criteria to distinguish between the two categories. Section 8.4 provides a brief overview of the patterns of modification in the Old Bulgarian nominal expression. Section 8.5 discusses the crucial data that provide evidence in favour of the current analysis, and Section 8.6 considers additional evidence from the patterns of occurrence of other demonstrative-like items. Finally, Section 8.7 proposes a further distinction in discourse function between the article and the demonstrative that is strongly supported by this chapter's analysis of the data.

Keywords:   nominal expression, articles, demonstratives, Old Bulgarian, modification

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