Tid: Måndag 12 juni 2017, 13:00-15:00
Plats: C389, Södra huset, Frescati

Skuggopponent är Peter Arkadiev, forskare vid Russian Academy of Sciences, Moskva, Ryssland.

Avhandlingens innehåll:
This doctoral thesis investigates presuppositional comitatives and their marking in the Circum‑Baltic languages. Presuppositional comitatives are comitative constructions characterised by the backgrounded character of one of the co-participants, which forms part of the presupposition. These constructions are best represented by the contexts of ‘taking along’ and ‘going / coming along’. A number of the Circum-Baltic languages, most particularly the Finnic languages and the Baltic language Latvian, are characterised by dedicated presuppositional comitative markers.

The study approaches presuppositional comitatives from several perspectives. First, a detailed corpus‑based study has been conducted on the basis of Latvian data. The analysis of the Latvian  presuppositional comitative construction, characterised by the marker līdzi, makes it possible to evaluate variation related mainly to the verb slot of the construction.

Second, the diversity of presuppositional comitative marking patterns is discussed with respect to the Finnic languages. It is shown that the use of dedicated marking in the domain under discussion is very characteristic of them, and the distribution of marking patterns is very consistent with the existing subdivisions of the Finnic languages.

Next, a more general typology of presuppositional comitatives is proposed for all the Circum‑Baltic languages. It includes a number of relevant parameters, such as the character of marking, syntactic patterns, semantic classes of predicates, etc.

Finally, presuppositional comitatives are discussed from the perspective of language contacts. On the basis of several case studies, it is shown how presuppositional comitative patterns are transferred in the situations of intensive language contacts, and more particularly, what exactly is transferred and in which way.

Handledare: Ljuba Veselinova, Bernhard Wälchli, Maria Koptjevskaja-Tamm samt Jenny Larsson (Institutionen för slaviska och baltiska språk finska nederländska och tyska).