Zeitschrift für Slawistik
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In this paper, I analyze indefinite noun phrases accompanied by the indefinite pronouns ‘koe-kakoj’, ‘kakoj-to’ and ‘kakoj-nibud’’ in Russian with respect to the category of specificity. I follow formal semantic literature according to which specificity has to be divided into two classes: epistemic specificity, where the referent of a specific NP is identifiable by the speaker, and scopal specificity, where the specific noun phrase has wide scope with respect to operators or quantifiers in the clause. I show how these types of specificity are expressed via indefinite pronouns in Russian. The paper suggests a more fine-grained distinction within the scopally non-specific indefinites, and develops a crosslinguistically applicable classification for the different readings of indefinites.