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Adjective ordering and concept perception: two sides of the same coin
Franc Marušič, Petra Mišmaš, Vesna Plesničar, Rok Žaucer, unpublished conference contribution

Keywords: adjectives, adjective ordering restrictions, corpus, cognition, noun phrase, Slovenian, perception
Published in RUNG: 21.02.2023; Views: 1028; Downloads: 0
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Two-alternative forced-choice task to investigate the ordering of attributive adjectives in Slovenian
Vesna Plesničar, unpublished conference contribution

Keywords: generative grammar, cartography, attributive adjective string, psycholinguistics
Published in RUNG: 07.11.2022; Views: 984; Downloads: 0
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A CORPUS INVESTIGATION OF THE ORDERING OF SELECTED ATTRIBUTIVE ADJECTIVES IN SLOVENIAN
Vesna Plesničar, 2022, published scientific conference contribution

Abstract: The paper investigates the question of attributive adjective ordering in Slovenian against the background of the cartographic model of natural language syntax (e.g., Cinque 1994, 2010, Scott 2002, Shlonsky 2004, Laenzlinger 2005, Ramaglia 2014). Using the nearly 1.2-billion-word Gigafida 2.0 corpus, we conducted a study in which we check the frequency of attested orders of selected attributive adjectives belonging to thirteen semantic categories and determine whether we can adequately predict language use if we adopt a cartographic model as a working theoretical framework, specifically the adjective hierarchy proposed in Scott (2002). The results show that the probability of encountering an order that violates the hierarchy is in general extremely small compared to the probability of encountering an order that respects the hierarchy, which indicates that the order of adjectives attested in the Slovenian corpus is by-and-large compatible with the proposal that the order is governed by a hierarchy of adjective projections.
Keywords: generative grammar, cartography, attributive adjective string, language use, corpus
Published in RUNG: 07.11.2022; Views: 790; Downloads: 0
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Complementizer doubling in Slovenian subordinate clauses
Vesna Plesničar, 2020, published scientific conference contribution

Keywords: subordinate complementizer, complementizer phrase, subordinate clause, complementizer doubling, split CP hypothesis
Published in RUNG: 09.12.2021; Views: 1362; Downloads: 39
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A corpus investigation of the ordering of selected attributive adjectives in Slovenian
Vesna Plesničar, 2021, published scientific conference contribution abstract

Abstract: The paper investigates the question of attributive adjective ordering in Slovenian against the background of the cartographic model of natural language syntax, outlined already in Rizzi (1997). According to this model, the order of adjectives within a complex noun phrase results from a hierarchy of functional projections (e.g., Cinque 1994, 2010, Scott 2002, Shlonsky 2004, Laenzlinger 2005); a proposal for how the hierarchy should be structured is given below: DETERMINER > ORDINAL NUMBER > CARDINAL NUMBER > SUBJECTIVE COMMENT > ?EVIDENTIAL > SIZE > LENGTH > HEIGHT > SPEED > ?DEPTH > WIDTH > WEIGHT > TEMPERTURE > ?WETNESS > AGE > SHAPE > COLOR > NATIONALITY/ORIGIN > MATERIAL > COMPOUND ELEMENT > NP (Scott 2002: 114) The model has been very influential, but has also attracted various types of criticism, ranging from the problem of innateness, origin and plentitude to the problem of rigidity (i.a., Truswell 2009, Larson 2017, Scontras et al. 2017, 2019, Leivada and Westergaard 2019). Given the conclusions based on large databases, the concerns of corpus studies focusing on the rigidity problem seem particularly relevant (i.a., Wulff 2003, Truswell 2009, Kotowski and Hartl 2019, Trotzke and Wittenberg 2019). Using nearly 1,2-billion-word Gigafida corpus, we conducted a study in which we check the frequency of attested orders of selected attributive adjectives of thirteen semantic categories and determine whether we can adequately predict language use if we adopt a cartographic model as a working theoretical framework, specifically the adjective hierarchy proposed in Scott (2002). The results show that the probability of encountering an order that violates the hierarchy, compared to the probability of encountering an order that respects the hierarchy, is in general extremely small, and indicates that the order of adjectives attested in our Slovenian corpus is by-and-large compatible with the proposal that the order is governed by a hierarchy of adjective projections.
Keywords: generative grammar, cartography, attributive adjective string, language use, corpus
Published in RUNG: 08.12.2021; Views: 1412; Downloads: 0
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Korpusna raziskava vzorcev in pogostosti izpričanih vrstnih redov izbranih sopojavljajočih se atributivnih pridevnikov v slovenščini
Vesna Plesničar, 2021, published scientific conference contribution abstract

Keywords: generativna slovnica, atributivni pridevniški niz, jezikovna raba, korpus
Published in RUNG: 12.10.2021; Views: 1551; Downloads: 45
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On the Distribution of Imperfective Suffixation and the Position of Theme Vowels in Slovenian
Vesna Plesničar, published scientific conference contribution abstract

Abstract: There are different views regarding the exact position of the Theme Vowel (TH) in the verb structure within Distributive Morphology (DM). One is that THs are realisations of a TH position that is added to v0 (and other functional heads) (e.g. Oltra-Massuet 1999 and Embick and Halle 2005), another, argued for in Marvin (2002), is that THs are attached directly to the ROOT. The most recent proposal for Slovenian is the one made by Božič (2016, 2017), where he argues that TH is adjoined to Aspectual head (ASP0). On the other hand, Marvin has claimed, contra Božič (2017), that TH could only adjoin to category-defining heads, i.e. that adjunction to any other functional head, such as Tense head, Aspect or Passive is not possible in Slovenian. Our data suggest that contrary to Božič, it is -va- rather than -av- that is an imperfectivizing morpheme in Slovenian, and contrary to previous literature more widely, -va- is not just a secondary imperfective morpheme but more generally an imperfective morpheme. Our idea is supported by the clear distribution patterns shown by -va- in verbs which receive an imperfective interpretation. This suggestion makes further predictions on the position of TH vowel in Slovenian. We argue that TH precedes the imperfective suffix -va-, and thus cannot be a component of the imperfective morpheme, as assumed in Božič (2016, 2017). TH is rather a part of the ROOT (or verbalizing head to which it is attached).
Keywords: Distributive Morphology, Theme Vowel, Imperfective Suffixation, Slovenian
Published in RUNG: 14.10.2020; Views: 2149; Downloads: 77
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Do children use language structure to discover the recursive rules of counting?
Rose M. Schneider, Jessica Sullivan, Franc Marušič, Rok Žaucer, Priyanka Biswas, Petra Mišmaš, Vesna Plesničar, David Barner, 2020, original scientific article

Abstract: We test the hypothesis that children acquire knowledge of the successor function — a foundational principle stating that every natural number n has a successor n + 1 — by learning the productive linguistic rules that govern verbal counting. Previous studies report that speakers of languages with less complex count list morphology have greater counting and mathematical knowledge at earlier ages in comparison to speakers of more complex languages (e.g., Miller & Stigler, 1987). Here, we tested whether differences in count list transparency affected children’s acquisition of the successor function in three languages with relatively transparent count lists (Cantonese, Slovenian, and English) and two languages with relatively opaque count lists (Hindi and Gujarati). We measured 3.5- to 6.5-year-old children’s mastery of their count list’s recursive structure with two tasks assessing productive counting, which we then related to a measure of successor function knowledge. While the more opaque languages were associated with lower counting proficiency and successor function task performance in comparison to the more transparent languages, a unique within-language analytic approach revealed a robust relationship between measures of productive counting and successor knowledge in almost every language. We conclude that learning productive rules of counting is a critical step in acquiring knowledge of recursive successor function across languages, and that the timeline for this learning varies as a function of count list transparency.
Keywords: Cross-linguistic Count list Successor function Natural number concepts Number acquisition Conceptual development
Published in RUNG: 05.01.2020; Views: 3118; Downloads: 0
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Surviving sluicing
Franc Marušič, Petra Mišmaš, Vesna Plesničar, Tina Šuligoj, 2018, published scientific conference contribution

Abstract: In this paper, we discuss examples of sluicing in Slovenian in which, in addition to a wh-phrase (or wh-phrases in instances of multiple sluicing) discourse particles appear. This is unexpected given Merchant’s (2001) Sluicing-COMP generalization, as already observed in Marušič et al. (2015), even though there are several languages in which similar cases exist, e.g. German. In this paper we focus on discourse particles pa and že in (multiple) wh-questions and sluicing. These examples are not only important for our understanding of sluicing but are also crucial for analyzing discourse particles in Slovenian. Based on examples with sluicing and discourse particles in Slovenian, we argue against positioning these particles within the whphrase, clitic cluster or the IP.
Keywords: Slovenian, sluicing, particles, sluicing-COMP generalization
Published in RUNG: 01.02.2019; Views: 3422; Downloads: 0
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Order Restrictions of Attributive Adjectives in Slovenian: A Self-Paced Reading Study
Vesna Plesničar, 2018, published scientific conference contribution abstract

Keywords: adjectives, complex noun phrase, adjective order restrictions, cartography
Published in RUNG: 07.06.2018; Views: 3789; Downloads: 0
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