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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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Event kind formation within the VP: Comparing Russian factual imperfectives and German adjectival passives


← 366 | 367 →Olav Mueller-Reichau & Berit Gehrke

Leipzig University CNRS/Paris Diderot

The present paper has two goals. The first is to draw attention to intriguing similarities between two apparently very different constructions.1 Specifically, we compare Russian factual imperfectives, i.e. imperfective (ipf) sentences used to refer to a completed event, with German adjectival passives.2 For example, in (1), the factual ipf is contrasted with the perfective (pf), which is the canonical way of referring to a completed event. In (2), the adjectival passive, which in German combines the past passive participle with the copula sein, is contrasted with a verbal passive, which combines it with (the auxiliary) werden.3


Moja sestra {pisala/ napisala} roman.


my sister wrote.ipfv wrote.pfv novel

‘My sister has written a novel.’


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