Impersonal constructions in Russian form a formally and functionally determined homogeneous network
What is it about?
The article analyzes Russian constructions that are all characterized by a common feature: lack of a nominative subject and agreement between finite verbal predicate and subject. It turns out that this formal property is very well motivated on semantic grounds: All these constructions lack a typical subject that is in control of an action and in the center of communicative attention.
Why is it important?
The article shows that there is a relationship between form and meaning in a particular subset of Russian grammar that is not merely arbitrary (contrary to traditional assumptions in linguistics). The ideas are developed in such a way that they can be useful for the analysis of impersonal constructions in many other languages of the Indo-European language family.
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