Advances in formal Slavic linguistics 2018

Andreas Blümel   Jovana Gajić   Ljudmila Geist   Uwe Junghanns   Hagen Pitsch  


Advances in Formal Slavic Linguistics 2018 offers a selection of articles that were prepared on the basis of talks presented at the conference Formal Description of Slavic Languages (FDSL 13) or at the parallel Workshop on the Semantics of Noun Phrases, which were held on December 5–7, 2018, at the University of Göttingen. The volume covers a wide array of topics, such as situation relativization with adverbial clauses (causation, concession, counterfactuality, condition, and purpose), clause-embedding by means of a correlate, agreeing vs. transitive ‘need’ constructions, clitic doubling, affixation and aspect, evidentiality and mirativity, pragmatics coming with the particle li, uniqueness, definiteness, maximal interpretation (exhaustivity), kinds and subkinds, bare nominals, multiple determination, quantification, demonstratives, possessives, complex measure nouns, and the NP/DP parameter. The set of object languages comprises Russian, Czech, Polish, Bulgarian, Macedonian, Serbo-Croatian, and Torlak Serbian. The numerous topics addressed demonstrate the importance of Slavic linguistics. The original analyses prove that substantial progress has been made in major fields of research.


  • Situation relatives: Deriving causation, concession, counterfactuality, condition and purpose
    Boban Arsenijević
  • Czech binominal každý 'each'
    Mojmír Dočekal, Radek Šimík
  • New developments in the semantics of noun phrases in Slavic languages
    Ljudmila Geist
  • Demonstratives, possessives, and quantifier expressions in articleless Russian
    Maria Gepner
  • The pragmatic effects of Macedonian li: An empirical study
    Izabela Jordanoska, Erlinde Meertens
  • Mirativity and the Bulgarian evidential system
    Elena Karagjosova
  • From measure predicates to count nouns: Complex measure nouns in Russian
    Keren Khrizman
  • Silent HAVE needs revisiting: (Non-)possessive meanings with transitive intensional 'need' in Russian
    Mikhail Knyazev
  • Reference to kinds and subkinds in Polish
    Arkadiusz Kwapiszewski, Kim Fuellenbach
  • Maximal interpretation and definiteness of nominal phrases in Russian: Implication for the NP/DP parameter
    Takuya Miyauchi
  • Perfective dozapisyvat' – real or fake?
    Olav Mueller-Reichau
  • Demonstratives and definiteness: Multiple determination in Balkan Slavic
    Catherine Rudin
  • Definiteness in the absence of uniqueness: The case of Russian
    Daria Seres, Olga Borik
  • Inherent vs. accidental uniqueness in bare and demonstrative nominals
    Radek Šimík
  • The role of the correlate in clause-embedding
    Ilse Zimmermann
  • Torlak clitic doubling: A cross-linguistic comparison
    Jelena Živojinović



Andreas Blümel, University of Göttingen

Andreas Blümel is a postdoctoral researcher at the German Department of the University of Göttingen whose research interests encompass syntactic theorizing, movement phenomena and the nominal domain in German. His previous publications include the monograph Symmetry, Shared Labels and Movement in Syntax (2017) and the co-edited Labels & Roots (2017, with L. Bauke) as well as articles in international journals.

Jovana Gajić, University of Göttingen

Jovana Gajić is an associated researcher at the English Philology Department of the University of Göttingen, where she completed a dissertation on “Negative Coordination” in Bosnian/‌Croatian/‌Montenegrin/‌Serbian and English. Jovana’s research has dealt with the syntax and semantics of negative concord, as well as with logical connectives in natural language. Her interests also include presuppositions, information structure, prosody, focus and the computation of alternatives.

Ljudmila Geist

Ljudmila Geist is a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Linguistics of the University of Stuttgart. Ljudmila's research areas are morphosyntax, the syntax/semantics-interface and language comparison. She has been working on a variety of linguistic phenomena including nominal reference, definiteness and indefiniteness, the morphosyntax of adjectives, case alternations, negation and the semantics of binding. Her research focuses on Russian and German.

Uwe Junghanns, University of Göttingen

Uwe Junghanns is Professor of Slavic Linguistics at the University of Göttingen. His research interests comprise morphosyntax, lexical and compositional semantics, information structuring, and cross-Slavic variation (comparative grammar, microtypology, language change). He has published on infinitivals, reflexives, impersonals, information structure and further issues in Slavic grammar. Several books appeared under his editorship. He is one of the associate editors of the Journal of Slavic Linguistics and a member of the editorial board of the Open Slavic Linguistics series. In 2013 he became a member of the Saxon Academy of Sciences. Uwe Junghanns was among those who called into being the Formal Description of Slavic Languages (FDSL) conference series (FDSL 1, Leipzig 1995). He has co-edited six FDSL conference volumes, including the present one.

Hagen Pitsch, University of Göttingen

Hagen Pitsch is a postdoctoral researcher at the Slavic Department of the University of Göttingen. His research focuses on the formal morphosyntax and semantics of Slavic languages. His publications address the form-meaning correlation, the TAM architecture, verbal stems and inflections, periphrastic structures, copular clauses, and the expression of the finite/non-finite distinction throughout Slavic.

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February 22, 2021
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Blümel, Andreas, Gajić, Jovana, Geist, Ljudmila, Junghanns, Uwe & Pitsch, Hagen (eds.). 2021. Advances in formal Slavic linguistics 2018. (Open Slavic Linguistics 4). Berlin: Language Science Press. DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.5155544


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