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Title: The Syntax of the Be-Possessive
Subtitle: Parametric variation and surface diversities
URL: http://www.benjamins.com/cgi-bin/t_bookview.cgi?bookid=LA%20172
Series Title: Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today 172
Description:

This book is the first attempt to provide a unified account of the
be-possessive syntax and its extension to the modal and the
perfect constructions in Russian/North Russian within a generative
framework. Apparently diverse constructions are construed as
deriving from the have/be parameter, which depends on the
utilization of the prepositional complementizer with a Case feature.
The be-perfect structure provides an adequate environment
where ergativity is encoded via verbal nominalization. The relevance
of the be-perfect structure for a split ergative pattern shows
that the ergative system is a syntactically conditioned phenomenon
rather than a purely morphological diversity. This volume also offers
the diachronic study of the be-syntax, investigating the
evolution of the be-perfect and be-modal
constructions, which has rarely been explored within a formal
framework. Concrete scenarios are proposed for the developmental
paths of the be-perfect and the be-modal
constructions, based on textual evidence in old North Russian.

Publication Year: 2011
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Syntax
Subject Language(s): Russian
Russian, Old
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