BRaCeLeT talk series, #5

Irina Burukina (Eötvös Loránd University)

Personal pronouns instead of reflexives and intensifiers: a puzzle from Kabardian

Kabardian is a North-West Caucasian language that due to its polysynthetic nature uses lexical pronouns quite rarely. In this talk, I will argue that Kabardian lacks dedicated lexical reflexives and intensifiers and uses personal pronouns instead. I will provide the data, collected during my field work, that proves that personal pronouns are allowed to function as reflexives (violating condition B) in contexts where a reflexive verbal prefix cannot appear. I will also show that personal pronouns can be interpreted as intensifiers, however in this case I will propose a hypothesis about the appositive nature of such constructions.

6 December 2016, Tuesday 2:15pm
1088 Budapest, Rákóczi út 5, R327
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