A Reference Grammar of Russian

A Reference Grammar of Russian

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This book describes and systematizes all aspects of the grammar of Russian: the patterns of orthography, sounds, inflection, syntax, tense-aspect-mood, word order, and intonation. It is especially concerned with the meaning of combinations of words (constructions). The core concept is that of the predicate history: a record of the states of entities through time and across possibilities. Using predicate histories, the book presents an integrated account of the semantics of verbs, nouns, case, and aspect. More attention is paid to syntax than in any other grammars of Russian written in English or in other languages of Western Europe. Alan Timberlake refers to the literature on variation and trends in development, and makes use of contemporary data from the internet. This book will appeal to students, scholars and language professionals interested in Russian.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 510 pages
  • 170 x 244 x 29mm | 1,174g
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0521772923
  • 9780521772921

Table of contents

1. Russian; 2. Sounds; 3. Inflectional morphology; 4. Arguments; 5. Predicates and arguments; 6. Mood, tense, and aspect; 7. The presentation of information; Bibliography; Index.
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'... a learned discourse on seven topic areas, of great interest to the Russian specialist.' Rusistika '... this is an essential tool for anyone undertaking serious study of modern Russian.' Forum for Modern Language Studies
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About Alan Timberlake

Alan Timberlake is Professor of Slavic linguistics at the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, University of California at Berkeley. He is the author of The Nominative Object in Slavic, Baltic, and West Finnic (1974).
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