Topics in Russian Syntax from a Crosslinguistic Perspective
Maria A. Babyonyshev
Catalog Number: 3201
Half course (spring term).
EXAM GROUP: 13, 14
The course will deal with a variety of topics in Russian syntax: explaining the non-standard word orders of Russian (e.g., locative inversion, object shift, and verb-first constructions) as an interaction of discourse factors, argument structure factors, and conditions on the well-formedness of movement operations, the influence of lexical semantics and argument structure constraints on possible syntactic structures of Russian sentences, the role of aspect in the lexical-syntactic interface, and other topics. Cross-linguistic comparisons with other languages (specifically, Japanese and Germanic languages) will play an important role in the course.
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