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A Balkanism in Central Europe? Realis vs. Irrealis in Subordinate Clauses in Prekmurje
Dialektologie a geolingvistika v současné stŕední Evropě (2011)
  • Marc L Greenberg, University of Kansas
Abstract

The paper examines the distinction between realis- and irrealis-marking complementizers (ka vs. da in the Prekmurje (Pannonian) dialect of Slovene and compares the phenomenon to the same distinction observed in Balkan Sprachbund languages (Albanian, Bulgarian, Modem Greek, Macedonian, Romani, Romanian). Though the phenomenon is indeed synchronically parallel, historically the distinction in Prekmurje Slovene arose as a result of retentions on the periphery (partially shared with the Carinthian dialects) and not as a result of (erstwhile) contact with languages of the Balkan Sprachbund.

Keywords
  • subordination,
  • complementizers,
  • complementation,
  • dialectology Slovenia Slovene language Balkan languages,
  • Indo-European languages,
  • language contact
Publication Date
2011
Editor
Zbyněk Holub and Roman Sukač
Publisher
Nakl. Kleinwächter and Slezská univerzita v Opavě
ISBN
978-80-7248-773-8
Citation Information
Marc L Greenberg. "A Balkanism in Central Europe? Realis vs. Irrealis in Subordinate Clauses in Prekmurje" OpavaDialektologie a geolingvistika v současné stŕední Evropě (2011)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/marc_l_greenberg/6/