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Ivana Oraić Rabušić, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Institute of Croatian Language and Linguistics, Zagreb

DOI: https://doi.org/10.22210/suvlin.2017.084.03 

ABSTRACT

The goal of the paper is to extract constructions with sein Croatian and to analyse each 
construction on a syntactic–semantic level. These constructions are divided into two classes: 
constructions with reflexive verbs and constructions with transitive and intransitive verbs. 
Constructions with reflexive verbs contain reflexive verbs, while constructions with transitive 
and intransitive verbs contain transitive or intransitive verbs to which seis added only in the 
construction. There are a few types of constructions with reflexive verbs and constructions 
with transitive and intransitive verbs. Changes that have occured in a particular construction 
with reflexive verbs are observed in relation to a construction with the transitive verb pair of 
a particular reflexive verb. Furthermore, changes are also observed in a particular construction 
with transitive and intransitive verbs to which seis added in relation to transitive construction 
without se. These changes are related to the loss of argument, the possibility of syntactic 
expression of that argument, the change of syntactic position of arguments, etc. Certain types of 
constructions have been determined precisely on the basis of these changes. In the constructions 
with transitive and intransitive verbs the emphasis is placed on the syntactic behavior of the 
verb. In constructions with reflexive verbs it is the reverse. The meaning of the verb and 
its ability to express reflexivity, reciprocity, causality, etc., are of the main interest. However, 
changes in the argument structure of the verb are observed as well. According to the approach 
used in this paper,seis not considered to be a syntactic argument in any of the aforementioned 
constructions.

 

KEYWORDS

linguistic constructions with se, reflexive verbs, transitive and intransitive verbs, Croatian language

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