A Reference Grammar of Russian / Edition 1

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Overview

A Reference Grammar of Russian describes and systematizes all aspects of the grammar of Russian: the patterns of orthography, sounds, inflection, syntax, tense-aspect-mood, word order, and intonation. It is especially concerned with the meaning of combinations of words (constructions). The core concept is that of the predicate history: a record of the states of entities through time and across possibilities. Using predicate histories, the book presents an integrated account of the semantics of verbs, nouns, case, and aspect. More attention is paid to syntax than in any other grammars of Russian written in English or in other languages of Western Europe. Alan Timberlake refers to the literature on variation and trends in development, and makes use of contemporary data from the internet. This book will appeal to students, scholars, and language professionals interested in Russian.
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'... a learned discourse on seven topic areas, of great interest to the Russian specialist.' Rusistika

'... this is an essential tool for anyone undertaking serious study of modern Russian.' Forum for Modern Language Studies

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521772921
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 12/31/2003
  • Series: Reference Grammars Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 510
  • Sales rank: 1,168,455
  • Product dimensions: 6.85 (w) x 9.72 (h) x 1.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Alan Timberlake is Professor of Slavic linguistics at the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, University of California at Berkeley. He is the author of The Nominative Object in Slavic, Baltic, and West Finnic (1974).

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Table of Contents

1 Russian 1
2 Sounds 28
3 Inflectional morphology 92
4 Arguments 159
5 Predicates and arguments 270
6 Mood, tense, and aspect 371
7 The presentation of information 444
Bibliography 473
Index 493
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