Dedicated impersonal in Ossetic: towards a typology of impersonality in Iranian.

2014. №3, 20-33

Arsenij P. Vydrin
Institute for Linguistic Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences, St. Petersburg, 199053,
Sholokhov Moscow State University for the Humanities, RIAS, Moscow, 109240, Russia;


The article is devoted to dedicated subject impersonal in Iranian languages. By subject impersonal I understand the verbal category that removes A-participant. I argue that the only Iranian language that has verbal impersonal is Ossetic (Eastern Iranian). I explore morphological, syntactic and semantic peculiarities of the Ossetic impersonal. I argue that Ossetic impersonal is a unique category within Iranian and Caucasian language areal.