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Anomalous use of definiteness and gender in some types of noun phrases in Bulgarian

Valentin Gešev ; Sofia University Sv. Kliment Ohridski

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APA 6th Edition
Gešev, V. (2016). Anomalous use of definiteness and gender in some types of noun phrases in Bulgarian. Jezikoslovlje, 17. (1-2.), 0-0. Retrieved from https://hrcak.srce.hr/167793
MLA 8th Edition
Gešev, Valentin. "Anomalous use of definiteness and gender in some types of noun phrases in Bulgarian." Jezikoslovlje, vol. 17., no. 1-2., 2016, pp. 0-0. https://hrcak.srce.hr/167793. Accessed 22 Oct. 2020.
Chicago 17th Edition
Gešev, Valentin. "Anomalous use of definiteness and gender in some types of noun phrases in Bulgarian." Jezikoslovlje 17., no. 1-2. (2016): 0-0. https://hrcak.srce.hr/167793
Harvard
Gešev, V. (2016). 'Anomalous use of definiteness and gender in some types of noun phrases in Bulgarian', Jezikoslovlje, 17.(1-2.), pp. 0-0. Available at: https://hrcak.srce.hr/167793 (Accessed 22 October 2020)
Vancouver
Gešev V. Anomalous use of definiteness and gender in some types of noun phrases in Bulgarian. Jezikoslovlje [Internet]. 2016 [cited 2020 October 22];17.(1-2.):0-0. Available from: https://hrcak.srce.hr/167793
IEEE
V. Gešev, "Anomalous use of definiteness and gender in some types of noun phrases in Bulgarian", Jezikoslovlje, vol.17., no. 1-2., pp. 0-0, 2016. [Online]. Available: https://hrcak.srce.hr/167793. [Accessed: 22 October 2020]

Abstracts
The paper considers the anomalous use of definiteness and gender in Bulgarian noun phrases containing hypocoristic names, nicknames or sometimes even legal personal names. Proper names of people, being semantically definite, usually do not take the definite article in Bulgarian. But in the cases considered it is just the opposite – in informal conversation, in fiction or in ironic statements the use of a definite article is either obligatory or facultative depending on the formal and semantic features of the names. The factors to trigger the anomalous use described may be the female sex of the designee, the less typical ending of the noun, its being grammatically neuter or its inclusion in an attributive phrase. Thus the female legal personal names (e.g. Marija, Elena) may take a definite article on some special occasions (Marijata, Elenata) but male legal personal names (e.g. Boris) cannot. Male legal or hypocoristic names ending in -o (Stojko, Borko

Keywords
definiteness; gender; Modern Bulgarian; hypocoristic names; pragmatic choice; grammar rules; Balkan linguistic features

Hrčak ID: 167793

URI
https://hrcak.srce.hr/167793

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