Studies in Natural Language and Linguistic Theory

Semantics of Genitive Objects in Russian

A Study of Genitive of Negation and Intensional Genitive Case

Authors: Kagan, Olga

  • Sheds new light on the genitive/accusative opposition phenomenon in Russian, an object case alternation that has long puzzled linguists
  • Provides a new semantic analysis of genitive objects
  • Reveals a semantic parallel between genitive Case and subjunctive mood
  • Relates genitive objects in Russian to other instances of differential object marking
  • Explains the relation between case and specificity, definiteness, scope, number and aspect ​
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The genitive/accusative opposition in Slavic languages is a decades-old linguistic conundrum. Shedding new light on this perplexing object-case alternation in Russian, this volume analyzes two variants of genitive objects that alternate with accusative complements—the genitive of negation and the intensional genitive. The author contends that these variants are manifestations of the same phenomenon, and thus require an integrated analysis. Further, that the choice of case is sensitive to factors that fuse semantics and pragmatics, and that the genitive case is assigned to objects denoting properties at the same time as they lack commitment to existence. Kagan’s subtle analysis accounts for the complex relations between case-marking and other properties, such as definiteness, specificity, number and aspect. It also reveals a correlation between the genitive case and the subjunctive mood, and relates her overarching subject matter to other instances of differential object-marking.

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“Kagan … takes on the goal of unifying the Intensional Genitive and the Genitive of Negation as one phenomenon. … This book will be of primary interest to Russianists, as it provides a well-supported analysis of a much-discussed linguistic puzzle in Russian … . will be of primary interest to those interested in non-canonical genitive use in Russian. … It is well researched, well-argued and makes an important contribution to the topic of genitive objects and to the field of Russian linguistics in general.” (Lauren Ressue, The Linguist List, January, 2013)

Table of contents (8 chapters)

  • Non-Canonical Genitive: How Many Cases?

    Kagan, Olga

    Pages 1-30

  • Previously Proposed Accounts

    Kagan, Olga

    Pages 31-57

  • Subjunctive Mood and the Notion of Commitment

    Kagan, Olga

    Pages 59-73

  • Irrealis Genitive: Formulating the Analysis

    Kagan, Olga

    Pages 75-88

  • Irrealis Genitive and Relative Existential Commitment: Part 1

    Kagan, Olga

    Pages 89-117

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eBook $119.00
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Hardcover $159.00
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  • ISBN 978-94-017-8195-4
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Semantics of Genitive Objects in Russian
Book Subtitle
A Study of Genitive of Negation and Intensional Genitive Case
Authors
Series Title
Studies in Natural Language and Linguistic Theory
Series Volume
89
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-94-007-5225-2
DOI
10.1007/978-94-007-5225-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-007-5224-5
Softcover ISBN
978-94-017-8195-4
Series ISSN
0924-4670
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVIII, 186
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