By Hakyung Jung

This booklet is the 1st try to supply a unified account of the be-possessive syntax and its extension to the modal and the ideal structures in Russian/North Russian inside a generative framework. it seems that diversified structures are construed as deriving from the have/be parameter, which is dependent upon the usage of the prepositional complementizer with a Case characteristic. The be-perfect constitution offers an enough atmosphere the place ergativity is encoded through verbal nominalization. The relevance of the be-perfect constitution for a cut up ergative trend exhibits that the ergative method is a syntactically conditioned phenomenon instead of a merely morphological variety. This quantity additionally bargains the diachronic learn of the be-syntax, investigating the evolution of the be-perfect and be-modal buildings, which has not often been explored inside a proper framework. Concrete eventualities are proposed for the developmental paths of the be-perfect and the be-modal buildings, in line with textual facts in outdated North Russian.

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