A Corpus-Based Study of Human Impersonal Constructions in Russian
University of Jena
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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