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Query Details


Query Subject:   Definiteness/Specificity in Colloquial Sinhala
Author:   Gavin Austin
Submitter Email:  click here to access email

Linguistic LingField(s):  Semantics

Query:   Dear Colleagues,

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.
Gavin Austin
U of New England
LL Issue: 19.442
Date posted: 07-Feb-2008



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