THE NEUTRAL WORD ORDER IN DECLARATIVE SUBJECT-PREDICATE CLAUSES (IN BULGARIAN IN COMPARISON WITH THE SERBIAN LANGUAGE)
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This paper aims to shed some light on several problems connected with word order. It discusses the problem of the parts of a predicative structure in declarative subject-predicate clauses (as a prototypical representation of a clause) which don’t match the traditional sentence parts. Their order is based on a set of regularities governed by the oppositions theme/ rheme and neutrality/ affectivity of the utterance. The neutral word order is a representation of these regularities par excellence, without any suggestions from the speaker. That’s why this type of word order is the main topic of the paper.
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