<i>Se</i> without deixis

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Arguing that the distribution of <i>se </i>in Serbo-Croatian cannot be explained by invoking <i>a priori </i>categories <i>reflexive, impersonal, middle voice, </i>etc., this analysis follows García (1983) and Davis (2000) to advance a hypothesis that <i>se </i>is a signal in the semantic substance of Participant Focus. Whereas other pronouns in this complex system signal a variety of meanings (in several semantic systems), <i>se </i>says that there is a bona fide participant centrally associated in the event named by the verb but does not give any more information about it. This study claims that the opposition of substance between <i>se </i>and all the other Participant Focus forms accounts for its distribution in Serbo-Croatian.


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