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Constructions and language change: From genitive to accusative objects in Russian
This article reports on a corpus study of ongoing language change in Russian, whereby genitive-governing verbs like bojat’sja “fear” combine with objects in the accusative in addition to theExpand
In Which Case Are Russians Afraid?: Bojat’sja with Genitive and Accusative Objects
The present article investigates case usage with the verb bojat’sja ‘be scared’ in Russian. Many verbs with -sja never combine with objects in the accusative case. The verb bojat’sja historically wasExpand
Russian “Purely Aspectual” Prefixes: Not So “Empty” after All?
A new methodology, called “radial category profiling”, is presented, in which the semantic network of a prefix is established on the basis of its “non-empty” uses and then compared, node by node, with the semanticnetwork of base verbs that use the same prefix as an “empty’ perfectivizing morpheme. Expand
Time as secondary to space: Russian pod ‘under’ and iz-pod ‘from-under’ in temporal constructions
This article analyzes constructions with two Russian prepositions pod ‘under’ and iz-pod ‘from-under’. It focuses on how temporal meanings are developed from spatial meanings. We relate threeExpand
Stability and Complexity: Russian Suffix Shift over Time
Suffix shift is a phenomenon in which some Russian verbs replace the unproductive suffix /a/ with the productive /aj/, thus supplanting forms like bryzžut ‘(they) spatter’ with bryzgajut. ThisExpand
Distribution of two semelfactives in Russian : -nu- and -anu-
This paper explores 2041 semelfactive verbs from the Russian National Corpus (RNC1) produced with the two suffixes and shows that: 1) distribution of theTwo suffixes partly depends on the number of the syllables in the base, 2) suffix -anu- is more recent and most monosyllabic roots are currently undergoing a shift from -nu- to -anu-, and 3) prefixed verbs most frequently choose the -nu - semelf active suffix. Expand