LINGUIST List 10.778

Thu May 20 1999

Books: Slavic

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  1. Maureen Burke, Slavic in HPSG
  2. Maureen Burke, The Syntax of negation in Russian
  3. LINCOM EUROPA, Interaction between Aspect and Voice in Russian

Message 1: Slavic in HPSG

Date: Fri, 14 May 1999 11:46:37 -0700
From: Maureen Burke <>
Subject: Slavic in HPSG

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Message 2: The Syntax of negation in Russian

Date: Tue, 18 May 1999 08:39:44 -0700 (PDT)
From: Maureen Burke <mburkecsli.Stanford.EDU>
Subject: The Syntax of negation in Russian

Brown, Sue (Harvard University); THE SYNTAX OF NEGATION IN RUSSIAN: A
MINIMALIST APPROACH; ISBN: 1-57586-168-2 (paper), 1-57586-169-0 (cloth);
154 pp. CSLI Publications 1999: 

This book offers a Minimalist analysis of certain syntactic phenomena
in Russian associated with negation. These phenomena include the
distribution of morphologically negative words and the pattern of
Negative Concord they exhibit (whereby multiple occurrences of
negative words are interpreted as only one instance of negation); the
Genitive of Negation (the case marking on the internal argument of
negated verbs); expletive negation (formal negation without negative
content), and negated Yes/No questions (including a previously
undiscussed pattern of expletive negation effects observed in certain
types of Yes/No questions). The end result is a formalization of the
status of negation within the phrase structure of Russian that not
only contributes relevant Slavic data to the pool of negation data,
but also sheds new light on the syntactic expression of negation
universally. Other languages discussed include Italian, Catalan,
English, Southern English, and West Flemish. One chapter is devoted to
outlining the Minimalist Program itself.

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Message 3: Interaction between Aspect and Voice in Russian

Date: Tue, 11 May 1999 17:59:18 +0200
Subject: Interaction between Aspect and Voice in Russian

Youri A. Poupynin, Institute of Linguistic Studies, St.Petersburg
	The Russian linguistics is gradually concentrated on the analysis of
the Russian verb categories as a certain system. The study of the
tense and the aspect in their connection already became traditional.
The present work aims especially to research the Russian aspect and
voice in the mutual connections. The book contains three parts. The
interrelation of the aspect and the voice in the grammatical system
of Russian (i.e. in the verb paradigm) is to be considered in the
first part "Towards the problem of connections of grammatical 
categories: aspect and voice". The first part includes the following 
chapters: "Aspect and voice in the hierarchy of Russian verbal 
categories", "Symmetry and asymmetry in the paradigmatic 
intersection of aspect and voice", "Connections between the
terminativity and the transitivity", "A field approach in the study of 
connections of grammatical categories". 
 The second and the third parts are devoted to the
functional-semantic interaction of the aspect and the voice. The
following approach to prove the functional-semantic interaction of
grammatical categories is proposed in the book: one of the two given
categories has to be treated as a source of semantic backgrounds
whereas the second category has to be treated as a source of the
semantic functions. The fact of the interaction would be established
if the semantic functions of the second category change (are
restricted, specified, expanded etc.) going through a certain semantic
background represented of the first category. The high syntactic
significance of the voice makes it to be considered as a source of the
semantic backgrounds (active and passive) and, accordingly, the aspect
has to be considered as a source of the semantic functions. 
 The second part deals with the imperfective functions on the
passive and active background. Because in many Russian
aspectological studies the semantic functions of the imperfective and
the perfective are mainly illuminated on the material of active
forms, the special attention is given to functioning of passive
forms, while examples with the active forms are attracted for the
contrastive analysis. The second part includes chapters devoted to
specific features of the particular meanings of the imperfective
aspect in the passive voice: meaning of the process, iterative meaning,
qualitative meaning etc. 
 The third part includes chapters contained the study of the
specific features of the particulars meanings of the perfective aspect
in the passive voice: meaning of the completed event, meaning of 
the "vivid exemplification", summative meaning. Restriction or
expansion of different aspectual functions in passive constructions
(in comparison with active constructions) are especially noted and

ISBN 3 89586 056 5. 
LINCOM Studies in Slavic Linguistics 02. 
200pp. USD 67 / DM 94 / \163 37.50. 

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  • Arnold Publishers
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  • Elsevier Science, Ltd.
  • Finno-Ugrian Society
  • Indiana University Linguistics Club Publications
  • John Benjamins Publishing Company
  • Kluwer Academic Publishers
  • Lawrence Erlbaum Assoc.
  • Lincom Europa
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  • Mouton de Gruyter
  • Pacific Linguistics
  • Summer Institute of Linguistics
  • Utrecht Institute of Linguistics OTS
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