Studies in Natural Language and Linguistic Theory

Copular Sentences in Russian

A Theory of Intra-Clausal Relations

Authors: Pereltsvaig, Asya

  • A novel account of copular sentences in Russian
  • Focus on nominative-instrumental case alternations
  • Subtle semantic distinctions between copular types reconsidered
  • Clear and concise overview of previous literature about copular sentences in Russian
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This book provides a detailed study and a novel Minimalist account of copular sentences in Russian, focusing on case marking alternations (nominative vs. instrumental) and drawing a distinction between two types of copular sentences.

On the assumption that Merge is defined in the simplest way possible, it is argued that not all syntactic structures are a(nti)symmetrical. One of the copular sentence types is analyzed as a poster child for symmetrical structures, while the other type is treated as asymmetrical. The originality of this study lies in treating the copula in the two types of copular sentences neither as completely identical nor as two distinct lexical items; instead, the two types of copula are derived through the process of semantic bleaching. Furthermore, it is argued that the two types of the copula need to combine with post-copular phrases of different categories. It is concluded that Russian draws a distinction between saturated DPs and unsaturated NPs, in spite of its renowned lack of overt articles.

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From the reviews:

"Asya Pereltsvaig’s book _Copular Sentences in Russian_ is the most recent contribution to this discussion, and an important one as well. Pereltsvaig’s book is both a careful investigation of the facts of Russian copular constructions and an important advance theoretically. … The scholarship here is of a very high quality and the book will be of great value not only to Russian linguists but also to researchers in the syntax, semantics and morphology of copular constructions cross-linguistically." (Andrew Carnie, Linguist, Issue List 19.3410, November, 2008)


Table of contents (6 chapters)

  • Copular Sentences In Russian: An Overview

    Pereltsvaig, Asya

    Pages 1-15

  • Nouns And Their Extended Projections

    Pereltsvaig, Asya

    Pages 17-37

  • Phrase Structural Relations And Merge: Symmetry Or Antisymmetry?

    Pereltsvaig, Asya

    Pages 39-57

  • Thematic Relations

    Pereltsvaig, Asya

    Pages 59-102

  • Case Relations

    Pereltsvaig, Asya

    Pages 103-136

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eBook $69.99
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Softcover $89.99
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  • ISBN 978-1-4020-5794-6
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Copular Sentences in Russian
Book Subtitle
A Theory of Intra-Clausal Relations
Authors
Series Title
Studies in Natural Language and Linguistic Theory
Series Volume
70
Copyright
2007
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-1-4020-5793-9
DOI
10.1007/1-4020-5793-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-4020-5792-2
Softcover ISBN
978-1-4020-5794-6
Series ISSN
0924-4670
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 166
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