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New Insights into Slavic Linguistics


Edited By Jacek Witkos and Sylwester Jaworski

This volume presents a number of contributions to the 2013 Annual Meeting of the Slavic Linguistics Society held in Szczecin, Poland, October 26–28. The largest number of articles address issues related to the (morpho)syntactic level of language structure, and several papers describe results of recent research into different aspects of Slavic linguistics as well. The current volume proves conclusively that Slavic linguists make a remarkable contribution to the development of various theoretical frameworks by analysing linguistic evidence from richly inflected languages, which allows them to test and modify contemporary theories and approaches based on other types of data.
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A Corpus-Based Study of Human Impersonal Constructions in Russian


Olga Rudolf

University of Jena

1. Introduction

Human impersonals are constructions whose subject (sometimes object) is human and non-referential (cf. e.g. Siewierska’s (2012) ‘R-impersonals’), and which ranges over a group of individuals (cf. Gast & van der Auwera 2013). In Russian such constructions usually lack overt subject pronouns and impersonal reference is marked on specific forms of verbs, such as a 3rd-person plural form as in (1a), or a modal impersonal form (without a dative argument) as in (1b).

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