Russian Constructicon

Principal investigators: Laura A. Janda and Tore Nesset

Project title: Russian Constructicon

Summary of the project:

This on-going joint project of UiT The Arctic University of Norway and the Higher School of Economics in Moscow collects and analyzes multiword grammatical constructions of Russian. The main product is the Russian Constructicon, which with over one thousand constructions (and more being continuously added), is arguably the largest openly available constructicon resource for any language. The Russian Constructicon is a free and open internet resource for both learners and researchers of Russian.

Certain kinds of constructions are represented in dictionaries and other reference works, but many types of constructions are not. This is not due to any shortcomings in such reference works, but due to the fact that their mission is fundamentally different: they are not designed to deliver a full-scale inventory of the constructions that are useful for second-language learners. the Russian Constructicon project is focused on those “missing” constructions, particularly the constructions that are most essential for learners of Russian.

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Project duration: 2016 – present

Other collaborators:

  • Francis M. Tyers (Indiana University)
  • Ekaterina Rakhilina (Higher School of Economics in Moscow)
  • Olga Lyashevskaya (Higher School of Economics in Moscow)
  • Valentina Zhukova (Higher School of Economics in Moscow)
  • Daria Mordashova (Lomonosov Moscow State University / Institute of Linguistics RAS)
  • Anna Endresen (UiT The Arctic University of Norway)
  • Radovan Bast (UiT The Arctic University of Norway)


NCM-RU-2016/10025 from Senter for internasjonalisering av utdanning 2016-2017 for “Constructing a Russian Constructicon” and TWIRLL grant (CPRU-2017/10027) from the Direktoratet for internasjonalisering og kvalitetsutvikling av høyere utdanning (Diku: 2018-2020

Key publications:

Janda, Laura A., Olga Lyashevskaya, Tore Nesset, Ekaterina Rakhilina, Francis M. Tyers. 2018. Chapter 6. A Constructicon for Russian: Filling in the Gaps”. In Benjamin Lyngfelt, Lars Borin, Kyoko Ohara, & Tiago Timponi Torrent (Eds.), Constructicography: Constructicon development across languages [Constructional Approaches to Language 22], 165-181. Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing Co. doi 10.1075/cal.22.06jan

Endresen, Anna, Valentina Zhukova, Daria Mordashova, Ekaterina Rakhilina, Olga Lyashevskaya. 2020. “Russkij konstruktikon: Novyj lingvističeskij resurs, ego ustrojstvo i specifika” [= The Russian Constructicon: A new linguistic resource, its design and key characteristics]. In: Computational linguistics and Intellectual Technologies. Papers from the Annual International Conference “Dialogue 2020“. Issue 19. ISSN 2075-7182. DOI: 10.28995/2075-7182-2020-19-241-255. pp. 226-241.

Janda, Laura A., Anna Endresen, Valentina Zhukova, Daria Mordashova, Ekaterina Rakhilina. In print. How to build a constructicon in five years: The Russian Example”. In Frank Brisard, Timothy Colleman, Astrid De Wit, Renata Enghels, Nikos Koutsoukos, Tanja Mortelmans, and María Sol Sansiñena (eds.) “Squibs in Construction Grammar”, a thematic issue of Belgian Journal of Linguistics (BJL), Vol 34.

Endresen, Anna and Laura A. Janda. 2020. “Taking Construction Grammar One Step Further: Families, Clusters, and Networks of Evaluative Constructions in Russian”. In Mike Putnam, Matthew Carlson, Antonio Fábregas, Eva Wittenberg (eds.) Defining Construction: Insights into the Emergence and Generation of Linguistic Representations (special issue of Frontiers in Psychology 11). pp. 1-22. ISSN 1664-1078. DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2020.574353. pp. 1-22.

Janda, Laura A., Mihail Kopotev and Tore Nesset. 2020. “Constructions, their families and their neighborhoods: the case of дурак дураком ‘a fool times two’”. In Russian Linguistics. 22pp.

Nesset, Tore, Laura A. Janda. Forthcoming. “Securing strategic input for L2 learners: Constructions with Russian motion verbs”. In H. Boas et al. (eds.) TBA (in series Applications of Cognitive Linguistics ISSN 1861-4078). Berlin: De Gruyter Mouton. 13pp.


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