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By Asya Pereltsvaig

This e-book presents a close learn and a unique Minimalist account of copular sentences in Russian, concentrating on case marking alternations (nominative vs. instrumental) and drawing a contrast among kinds of copular sentences.

On the belief that Merge is outlined within the easiest way attainable, it really is argued that now not all syntactic constructions are a(nti)symmetrical. one of many copular sentence forms is analyzed as a poster baby for symmetrical buildings, whereas the opposite variety is handled as asymmetrical. The originality of this examine lies in treating the copula within the forms of copular sentences neither as thoroughly exact nor as unique lexical goods; as an alternative, the 2 kinds of copula are derived during the strategy of semantic bleaching. additionally, it's argued that the 2 kinds of the copula have to mix with post-copular words of other different types. it really is concluded that Russian attracts a contrast among saturated DPs and unsaturated NPs, despite its well known loss of overt articles.

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Neither alone I in that not believe [Serbo-Croatian] [Progovac 1998: 168] Assuming that these adjectives occupy a fixed syntactic position, the conclusion must be that pronouns occupy a structurally higher position than nouns. Similar facts from Polish are considered in Rutkowski (2002) and the same conclusion is drawn there. Russian facts too are analogous. Rappaport (1998), Engelhardt and Trugman (1998), and Trugman (2005) argue for the existence of DP in Slavic languages (specifically in Russian) on the basis of their examination of noun phrases with two genitives: (24) a.

In the present book, I follow Julien in allowing the DP/NP distinction in the post-copular position, although the details of our analyses differ: whereas she places the burden of differentiating post-copular DPs and post-copular NPs on the Pred , I propose that post-copular DPs appear in a completely different, symmetrical structure. Before I proceed to review evidence for the DP/NP distinction in the postcopular position in Russian, in the next section I address the more general question of whether the DP projection is found at all in Russian (and other languages without articles).

Just as a curious note, I will add here that the “OVS as underlying order” hypothesis has had its supporters throughout the history of linguistic thought. For example, Etienne Bonnot de Condillac, an eighteenth century French grammarian, cited in Lepschy (1998: 196), considered OVS as the “most natural order”: first the noun indicating the object one was talking about, then the verb indicating the operation one intended to carry out on that object: for example, fruit want; the subject of the verb came at the end of the whole series: for example, fruit want Peter.

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