Building involuntary states in Slavic

María Luisa Rivero and Ana Arregui

in Telicity, Change, and State

Published in print June 2012 | ISBN: 9780199693498
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191741715 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Studies in Theoretical Linguistics

Building involuntary states in Slavic

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Slavic constructions known as Involuntary States share a similar syntax with parallel dative subjects and reflexive markers, but belong to two semantic classes with different truth conditions. Involuntary States allude to an uncontrollable mental state of their dative subject, but West Slavic and Russian varieties report eventualities in the actual world, and are thus Factual, while South Slavic varieties report dispositions/urges of the dative, and are thus Desiderative. The chapter derives such a semantic contrast from microvariation in Viewpoint Aspect within the Slavic family. South Slavic displays intentional Imperfectives for plans, and they form the compositional basis of Desiderative Involuntary States. West Slavic and Russian lack similar intentional Imperfectives, and their Involuntary States are consistently factual, whether imperfective or perfective.

Keywords: desideratives; factuals; imperfectivity; involuntary states

Chapter.  13576 words. 

Subjects: Semantics

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