Network Core Mechanisms of Exponence

Klenin, Emily (1983)

Abstract

(= Surrey 56) A diachronic account of the rise of the syncretic genitive-accusative form in Russian, used as a marker of animacy in nouns. The syncretism appeared first in the paradigm of the interrogative pronoun ‘who’, then spread through the whole pronominal system (irrespective of animacy), and thence into nominal paradigms (where not all declension were affected). A significant factor favoring it was the prior existence of nominative-accusative syncretism -- i.e. genitive-accusative syncretism reestablished a distinction between nominative and accusative. However, contrary to some previous assertions, this was neither a necessary nor sufficient condition.

Klenin:1983
authorKlenin, Emily
year1983
titleAnimacy in Russian: A New Interpretation
entrytypebook
addressColumbus
publisherSlavica

BibTeX

@book{Klenin:1983,
    author = {Klenin, Emily},
    year = {1983},
    title = {Animacy in Russian: A New Interpretation},
    address = {Columbus},
    publisher = {Slavica},
}
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