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Slavic Grammar from a Formal Perspective

The 10th Anniversary FDSL Conference, Leipzig 2013


Edited By Gerhild Zybatow, Petr Biskup, Marcel Guhl, Claudia Hurtig, Olav Mueller-Reichau and Maria Yastrebova

The proceedings of the 10 th European Conference on Formal Description of Slavic Languages in Leipzig 2013 offer current formal investigations into Slavic morphology, phonology, semantics, syntax and information structure. In addition to papers of the main conference, the volume presents those of two special workshops: «Formal Perspectives and Diachronic Change in Slavic Languages» and «Various Aspects of Heritage Language». The following languages are addressed: Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian (BCS), Bulgarian, Czech, Macedonian, Old Church Slavonic, Polish, Russian, Serbo-Croatian, Resian, Slovak and Slovene.
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Remarks on the non-use of perfective aspect in Russian


← 352 | 353 →Olav Mueller-Reichau

Leipzig University

It is well-known that reference to single completed events in Russian is not the exclusive territory of the perfective (Pf) aspect. Sometimes the imperfective (Ipf) apect is used instead. The two examples in (1) can both be read as utterances describing a completed event in the past (from Padučeva 2006, 293):1


Anja {vymyla/ myla} pol.


A. clean.pfv.pst clean.ipfv.pst floor.acc

‘Anja (has) cleaned the floor.’

This special function of an Ipf verb is traditionally called “(general-)factual” use.2 It is in clear contrast to the canonical Ipf reading, likewise available in (1), which expresses that the event is ongoing at reference time.3

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