System collapse, system rebirth: The demonstrative pronouns of English 900-1350 and the birth of the definite article

Sonmez, MJM


Size Matters: The Syntax of Disjunctive Questions
Gracanın Yüksek, Martına (MIT Press - Journals, 2016-03-01)
In languages like English, disjunctive questions have an alternative (ALT) reading and a yes/no (YN) reading. The two readings behave differently; there are environments in which one reading disappears and the other one survives. In this article, examining novel Croatian data, I investigate the environments where the YN reading disappears. Such environments suggest that the two readings of disjunctive questions differ in the size of the disjuncts: ALT readings arise when the disjoint constituents are bigger...
Free relatives in Croatian: An argument for the comp account
Gracanın Yüksek, Martına (MIT Press - Journals, 2008-03-01)
The article argues for the Comp account (e.g., Groos and Van Riems-dijk 1981) over the head account (e.g., Bresnan and Grimshaw 1978) of free relatives (FRs), on the basis of several converging arguments from Croatian. Evidence from reconstruction effects shows that the wh-phrase introducing a free relative (WHFR) originates inside the relative clause and wh-moves to its surface position. In addition, arguments from clitic placement show that the derived position of the WHFR is no higher than Spec,CP of the...
Discourse particles in Kurmanji Kurdish-Turkish contact
Çabuk Ballı, Sakine (Informa UK Limited, 2020-10-01)
Exploring interaction among Kurdish speaking family members, this paper investigates the use of discourse particles in Kurmanji-Kurdish in relation to the contact phenomenon between the Kurdish and Turkish languages. Corpus analysis of data obtained from audio and video recordings of family talk on the phone was carried out to examine semantic-pragmatic properties of discourse particles. Although some particles in the corpus seem to be unique to Kurdish, some others appear to be borrowed from Turkish and in...
Destabilizing Critical "Assumptions" in (English) Language Teaching: An Introduction
Rudolph, Nathanael; Selvi, Ali Fuad; Yazan, Bedrettin (Informa UK Limited, 2019-11-02)
This introduction unpacks the scope of the special issue (SI), and underscores the guest editors' desire to prompt readers to engage with and reflect upon critical assumptions and unanswered questions within-and pertaining to-ELT.
The syntax of relative clauses in Croatian
Gracanın Yüksek, Martına (Walter de Gruyter GmbH, 2013-01-01)
In this paper, I propose that Croatian relative clauses (RCs) introduced by the complementizer to 'what/that' do not form a homogeneous class with respect to their derivation: some are derived by movement, and some are derived by a non-movement strategy. Unless the relativized element is the subject, sto-RCs normally require a resumptive pronoun to appear in the site of relativization. However, this requirement is removed under morphological case matching between the head of the RC and the resumptive pronou...
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M. Sonmez, “System collapse, system rebirth: The demonstrative pronouns of English 900-1350 and the birth of the definite article,” JOURNAL OF LINGUISTICS, pp. 448–450, 2002, Accessed: 00, 2020. [Online]. Available: