Definiteness/Specificity in Colloquial Sinhala
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I'd be very appreciative if someone could verify the following data from
Colloquial Sinhala. What I'm interested in how 'a dog' in (1) and (2) is
marked for definiteness/specificity in this language.
(1) ''I'm looking for a dog. Have you seen him?'' [-def, +spec]
Colloquial Sinhala: balla(wa)/*ballek(wa)
(2) ''I'm looking for a dog. I need a new pet.'' [-def, -spec]
Colloquial Sinhala: *balla(wa)/ballek(wa)
Thanks in advance.
U of New England
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