Case and Aspect in Slavic by Kylie Richardson

By Kylie Richardson

The function of structural case in syntax is arguably probably the most arguable subject matters in syntactic idea with vital implications for semantic idea. This e-book makes a speciality of one of the most difficult case marking styles within the Slavic languages and ties those styles to kinds of aspectual phenomena, displaying that there's finally a trend within the seeming chaos of case within the Slavic languages.

Kylie Richardson addresses hyperlinks among the case marking on gadgets and the development constitution of a verb word in Belarusian, Russian, Ukrainian, Czech, Slovak, Polish, and Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian and likewise exhibits that the hyperlinks among case and point within the Slavic languages belong to a miles better development present in language often. She additionally specializes in hyperlinks among case and grammatical point in depictive, predicative participle, and copular structures within the East Slavic languages.

The booklet will entice students and complex scholars of point, and to all Slavicists.

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Ship-nom was damaged ‘The ship was [irreparably] damaged . ’ (Fowler 1996a: 530) Fowler claims that the verb povredit’ ‘to injure’ participates in two aspectual pairs: vredit’/povredit’ and povrezˇdat’/povredit’. The Wrst pair, he notes, takes a dative case-marked argument, whereas the second pair takes an accusative argument and means ‘irreparably damage an inanimate object’. He maintains that the passive is possible in an example like (49) above because it is based on the accusative Case-assigning verb.

Cuervo 2003: 17) a Gabi. Gabi-dat The Slavic languages also have dative ‘subject’ experiencer constructions, as the following examples illustrate: (69) Mne nravitsja e`ta kniga. sg this book-nom ‘I like this book’ (lit. ‘This book is pleasing/agreeable to me’). (70) Nudzi mi sie˛ w szkole. sg I-dat refl at school ‘I’m bored at school’ (lit. ‘It bores me at school’). (71) Svid¯a mi se ova haljina. sg I-dat refl this dress-nom ‘I like this dress’ (lit. ‘This dress is likeable/attractive to me’).

In Russian and Ukrainian, on the contrary, habituality is incompatible with temporal deWniteness, since: ‘unique locatability is incompatible with the indeWnite distribution along the time axis of a habitually repeated situation’ (Dickey 2000: 54–5). 21 The following diagrams illustrate this diVerence between the treatment of the perfective aspect in the eastern and western groups: (37) The perfective aspect in the eastern languages: _ _ _ _ _ [_ _ [ _ _ ] _ _ _ ] TOPIC TIME _ _ _ _ The eventuality is contained within the Topic Time and it is uniquely locatable in time (38) The perfective aspect in the western languages: _ _ _ _ _ [_ [ _ ] _ [ _ ] _ [ _ ] _ ] TOPIC TIME _ _ _ _ The repeated eventuality is viewed as a totality on each individual repetition.

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