Header

UZH-Logo

Maintenance Infos

‘Knowing How’ in Slovene: Treading the Other Path


Sonnenhauser, Barbara (2017). ‘Knowing How’ in Slovene: Treading the Other Path. Slovene = Словене : International journal of slavic studies, 1:95-117.

Abstract

For the linguistic expression of the concept of knowledge, the Slavic languages use verbs deriving from the Indo-European roots *ĝnō and *u̯ ei̯d. They differ in terms of the availability of both types of verbs in the contemporary standard languages and in terms of their semantic range. As will be shown in this paper, these differences are interesting not only from a language-specific lexico lo gi cal point of view, but also in the context of the intersection of lexicon and gram mar. Covering the domain of ‘knowing how,’ the *ĝnō-based verb in Slo ve ne (znati) has been extending into the domain of possibility and, on this basis, de veloping into a modal verb. While this development is not surprising from a typological point of view, it is remarkable from a Slavic perspective, since this particular grammaticalisation path towards possibility is otherwise un known to Slavic. This peculiar feature of Slovene, which most probably relates to its long-lasting and intensive contact with German, is illustrated in the pre sent paper by comparing Slovene to Russian on the basis of three main questions: 1) the semantic range of vedeti / vedat' and znati / znat', 2) the lexicalisation of ‘know how,’ and 3) the relation between knowledge, ability, and possibility. The focus is on contemporary Slovene and Russian, leaving a detailed diachronic investigation and the further embedding into a larger Slavic and areal perspective for future analyses.

Abstract

For the linguistic expression of the concept of knowledge, the Slavic languages use verbs deriving from the Indo-European roots *ĝnō and *u̯ ei̯d. They differ in terms of the availability of both types of verbs in the contemporary standard languages and in terms of their semantic range. As will be shown in this paper, these differences are interesting not only from a language-specific lexico lo gi cal point of view, but also in the context of the intersection of lexicon and gram mar. Covering the domain of ‘knowing how,’ the *ĝnō-based verb in Slo ve ne (znati) has been extending into the domain of possibility and, on this basis, de veloping into a modal verb. While this development is not surprising from a typological point of view, it is remarkable from a Slavic perspective, since this particular grammaticalisation path towards possibility is otherwise un known to Slavic. This peculiar feature of Slovene, which most probably relates to its long-lasting and intensive contact with German, is illustrated in the pre sent paper by comparing Slovene to Russian on the basis of three main questions: 1) the semantic range of vedeti / vedat' and znati / znat', 2) the lexicalisation of ‘know how,’ and 3) the relation between knowledge, ability, and possibility. The focus is on contemporary Slovene and Russian, leaving a detailed diachronic investigation and the further embedding into a larger Slavic and areal perspective for future analyses.

Statistics

Citations

Downloads

27 downloads since deposited on 17 Nov 2017
20 downloads since 12 months
Detailed statistics

Additional indexing

Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Slavonic Studies
08 Research Priority Programs > Language and Space
Dewey Decimal Classification:490 Other languages
410 Linguistics
Language:English, Slovenian
Date:2017
Deposited On:17 Nov 2017 07:41
Last Modified:18 Apr 2018 11:49
Publisher:Institut slavânovedeniâ RAN
ISSN:2304-0785
Funders:SNF
OA Status:Gold
Project Information:
  • : FunderSNSF
  • : Grant ID
  • : Project TitleSNF

Download

Download PDF  '‘Knowing How’ in Slovene: Treading the Other Path'.
Preview
Content: Published Version
Filetype: PDF
Size: 927kB
Licence: Creative Commons: Attribution-No Derivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-ND 4.0)