Book Chapter

The modal meaning za pripomnjane of the Bulgarian imperfect tense and its counterparts in other Slavic languages

  • Andrea Trovesi

Amongst Slavic languages, only Bulgarian (and Macedonian) has retained the imperfect, a synthetic past tense inherited from Protoslavic. Apart from its temporal meanings, the Bulgarian imperfect occurs in a variety of modal meanings, which, generally speaking, imply a modification in the epistemic validity of the utterance. The modal meaning za propomnjane ‘for reminding’ of the Bulgarian imperfective imperfect is used to ask for previously given but at present forgotten information. Based on previous research work on the subject, the paper aims to investigate whether and to what extent such a meaning can be expressed by verbal morphology in the Slavic languages that have lost the imperfect tense. The languages considered in the paper are: Bulgarian, Serbian (Croatian), Czech, Polish and Russian.

  • Keywords:
  • Bulgarian,
  • Imperfect tense,
  • Modal meanings,
  • Slavic languages,
  • Contrastive analysis,
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Andrea Trovesi

Sapienza University of Rome, Italy - ORCID: 0000-0001-7107-5657

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Chapter Title

The modal meaning za pripomnjane of the Bulgarian imperfect tense and its counterparts in other Slavic languages

Authors

Andrea Trovesi

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English

DOI

10.36253/979-12-215-0216-9.16

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2023

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Studi contrastivi di linguistica slava: grammatica e pragmatica

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Rosanna Benacchio, Lucyna Gebert

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Andrea Trovesi

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204

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2023

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Firenze University Press

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10.36253/979-12-215-0216-9

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Biblioteca di Studi Slavistici

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