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An article evolving: the case of Old Bulgarian

Mila Dimitrova-Vulchanova and Valentin Vulchanov

in Grammatical Change

Published in print November 2011 | ISBN: 9780199582624
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191731068 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199582624.003.0008
An article evolving: the case of Old Bulgarian

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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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Subjects: Historical and Diachronic Linguistics

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