Historical changes in the functioning of the Russian genitive Cover Image

Исторические сдвиги в функционировании русского беспредложного родительного падежа
Historical changes in the functioning of the Russian genitive

Author(s): Aleš Brandner
Subject(s): Syntax, Lexis, Semantics, Historical Linguistics, Eastern Slavic Languages, Phraseology
Published by: Masarykova univerzita nakladatelství
Keywords: Old Russian; contemporary Russian; syntactic phrases; syntactic meaning; genitive constructions; simple cases; prepositional cases;
Summary/Abstract: Phrases and their syntactic meanings in Old Russian were very different from contemporary language. In the course of the historical development there were shifts of meaning of some cases. These changes were caused the attempt of the language to express certain relations in a more accurate way. Expressing of certain meanings by simple, non-prepositional cases was gradually reduced; simple cases were replaced by prepositional cases. Semantic meaning which is expressed in contemporary Russian by means of the genitive constructions represents a very varied and complex subject. Historical study of genitive form´s use enables us to hypothesise their original semantics.

  • Page Range: 113-121
  • Page Count: 9
  • Publication Year: 2016
  • Language: Russian