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In this paper I discuss some ideas for the analysis and interpretation of the Russian Dative Impersonal Reflexive Construction (DIRC) in (1), which contrasts with the regular active version in (2). (1) mne ne çitaetsja 1 (2) ja ne çitaju me:Dat not read:3sgPRES.RFL I:Nom not read:1sgPRES " I don't read / I'm not reading " The main characteristics of DIRC in(More)
We present the results of two studies of the use of spatial reference frames in speakers of 11 linguistic varieties. A series of mixed-models linear regression analyses of the responses to a referential communication task shows the significant factors in predicting frame use to be the participants' first and second-language, their literacy, the local(More)
This promise has two natural dimensions: one profound dimension is the providing of insight into how children choose one grammar from among the set of possible grammars. Another dimension is equally important: the fundamental operations of grammar should be transparent and therefore find unique support in acquisition. 2 A typical case is the concept of(More)
0. Introduction 1 This paper is concerned with providing an account of the syntax and semantics of specificity. Section 1 begins with some data which illustrate an unusual restriction on a certain type of discourse anaphora in English. It turns out that the pronouns cannot be anteceded by an existential indefinite DP introduced within the same sentence.(More)
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ii To my loving parents and sisters. iii ACKNOWLEDGMENTS First and foremost, I would like to express my sincere gratitude to my research adviser and mentor, Professor Charles A. Bouman, for granting me the honor of working under his direction. His priceless guidance and commitment have helped me face challenging research problems with confidence,(More)
This paper proposes a model of collaborative participatory research involving a mixed linguistic team, one formed by internal as well as external linguists. This methodological approach addresses the issues of power inequalities that arise when members external to the language community engage in linguistic projects and suggests specific ways in which power(More)
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