Turkish indefinites and accusative marking

The paper addresses the issue of the effects of overt accusative (Acc) vs. zero (∅) marking on the interpretation of indefinite direct objects in Turkish. Previous attacks on the issue came up with various associations of the overt accusative case with certain semantic and pragmatic categories. A representative list goes as follows: Discourse-linking (Nilsson 1985; Enç 1991; Zidani-Eroğlu 1997), “specificity” (von Heusinger 2002; von Heusinger and Kornfilt 2005), presuppositionality (Kennelly 1997; Kelepir 2001), individuation/particularization (Nilsson 1985; Taylan and Zimmer 1994; Bolgün 2005; Kılıçaslan 2006), and totality/delimitedness (Nilsson 1985; Nakipoğlu 2009). In Section 2 we review the claims concerning D-linking, “specificity” and presuppositionality. On the basis of data from intensional constructions, we argue that these claims are not empirically well supported. In Section 3 we discuss a proposal concerning the semantics of Acc-indefinites and show how it captures the reviewed data.
Citation Formats
U. ÖZGE, “Turkish indefinites and accusative marking,” presented at the 7th Workshop on Altaic Formal Linguistics, 2011, Accessed: 00, 2021. [Online]. Available: https://hdl.handle.net/11511/73798.