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Ivan Marković, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Zagreb

https://doi.org/10.22210/suvlin.2020.090.03

Abstract

The well–known typological feature of Slavic possessive adjectives is their ability to control personal
pronouns, relative pronouns, even modifiers, i.e. their noun–like behaviour. In Slavic languages, this feature
is developed to a different extent, e.g. in Sorbian to a greater, in Croatian to a lesser extent. The paper is a
follow–up of previous research and puts forth new data on the possibility of Croatian possessive adjectives
to control pronouns. The data is based on a corpus of recently gathered examples from contemporary texts
and on a more detailed analysis of tokens gathered from online corpora, dating from the 1850s to the 2010s.
It is shown to what extent the noun–like character of Croatian adjectives can be established, in which type
of texts it occurs, as well as which are its consequences on the understanding of adjectives as a word class.

 

Key words

possessive adjectiveantecedentrelative clausecorpus analysisCroatian language

 

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