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Title: Locative insertion, definiteness, and free word order in Russian
Authors: Mezhevich, Ilana
Keywords: Linguistics;Russian language;Syntax;Definiteness;Grammar, Comparative and general--Locative constructions
Issue Date: May-2001
Publisher: University of Calgary
Citation: Mezhevich, I. (2001). Locative insertion, definiteness, and free word order in Russian. Calgary Working Papers in Linguistics, 23(Spring), 30-48.
Abstract: In this paper, I examine Russian data in terms of definiteness versus indefiniteness and locative inversion. The latter is investigated in Bresnan (1994). She presents an analysis of locative inversion in English and Chichewa and discusses the restrictions on locative inversion in these languages. In particular, she shows that, in English, locative inversion is permitted with many intransitive verbs and passivized transitive verbs (taking into account the by-phrase restriction), but is disallowed with transitive verbs. This generalization applies to Russian verbs as well. The notion of definiteness, however, requires clarification. As a starting point I adopt the definition proposed by Kramsky (1972:30): "By the term "determinedness" we understand the fact that nouns are classified according to whether the content expressed by the noun is clear and identifiable in a concrete way or not". This definition is vague and, therefore not very helpful. In the course of this paper, I will attempt to achieve a more precise formulation of definiteness.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1880/51449
ISSN: 2371-2643
Appears in Collections:Volume 23, Spring 2001

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