LINGUIST List 16.921

Sat Mar 26 2005

Qs: Case-Assignment in Slavic

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        1.    Olga Kagan, Case-Assignment in Slavic

Message 1: Case-Assignment in Slavic

Date: 24-Mar-2005
From: Olga Kagan <>
Subject: Case-Assignment in Slavic

I am a Ph.D. student of linguistics and I am working on certain aspects of
Case-assignment in Slavic languages. I would like to ask what is the Case
assigned by the verbs meaning ''to want'', ''to ask for'', ''to demand'',
''to deserve'', ''to seek'' and ''to avoid'' in different Slavic languages.
For instance, in Russian these verbs may assign either accusative or
genitive Case:

a. On prosit vnimania / knigu.
he asks attention(gen)/book(acc)
He asks for attention / a book.
b. Dima i??et Lenu / priklju?enij.
Dima seek Lena(acc) / adventures (gen)
Dima is seeking Lena / adventures.

However, I have been told that in Polish these verbs obligatorily take
genitive objects. What is the state of affairs in other Slavic languages?

Thanking you in advance,

Olga Kagan.

Linguistic Field(s): Syntax

Language Family(ies): Slavic Subgroup
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