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On Normative and Stylistic Parallel Forms of the Standard Language in the Newspapers and Periodicals of the 19th and the First Half of the 20th Centuries

Vlasta Rišner orcid id ; Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Josip Juraj Strossmayer University of Osijek, Osijek, Croatia

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The article discusses the existence of parallel forms in various spelling, morphological and syntactic characteristics of Croatian newspapers and periodicals from the 19th and the first half of the 20th centuries (until the mid-1940). Special attention is paid to the realization of the vocalic /r̥/ and of the phoneme /ʒ/, to the reflex of the long yat, to old-štokavian and new-štokavian endings for the plurals of the dative, locative and instrumental cases and to the use of present participles as attributes. The analysis has shown that a larger part of the newspaper and magazine corpus records no fast and thorough normative changes on any of the compared levels. In addition to normative variants, the analysis has also included stylistic variants on the syntactic level (nominalised/non-nominalised expressions). The analysis has also included the decomposition of a one-verb predicate into a two-word predicate consisting of a semisemantic verb (the analysed examples contain auxiliary or modal verbs) and a noun, as well as complex verbal predicates consisting of infinitives followed by the auxiliary verb biti (be) in impersonal clauses with modal meaning.


newspapers and magazines of the 19th and the first half of the 20th centuries, parallel forms, nominalisation, decomposition of the predicate, infinitive, syntactic synonymy

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