Russian rivalry

Principal investigator: Tore Nesset

Project title: Russian rivalry

Summary of the project:

This research project addresses a number of examples of rivalry (competition) in Russian morphosyntax, where two constructions with seemingly identical functions compete for the same slot in the Russian grammar. Drawing on data from the Russian National Corpus (, the project has analyzed a number of examples in Russian with special focus on the factors that determine the choice between the rival constructions and the diachronic developments that create or eliminate rivalry in language.

Project duration: 2010 – 2020

Key publications:

Nesset, Tore; Makarova, Anastasia. The decade construction rivalry in Russian: Using a corpus to study historical linguistics. (data) Diachronica 2018; Volum 35 (1). ISSN 0176-4225.s 71 – 106.s doi: 1075/dia.16043.nes.

Nesset, Tore; Kuznetsova, Julia. In Which Case Are Russians Afraid? Bojat’sja with Genitive and Accusative Objects. Journal of Slavic Linguistics 2015; Volum 23 (2). ISSN 1068-2090.s 255 – 283.

Nesset, Tore; Kuznetsova, Julia. Constructions and language change: From genitive to accusative objects in Russian. Diachronica 2015; Volum 32 (3). ISSN 0176-4225.s 365 – 396.s doi: 1075/dia.32.3.03nes.

Nesset, Tore; Makarova, Anastasia. Testing the Semantic Homogeneity Constraint: Analogical change and Russian verbs. Journal of Historical Linguistics 2014; Volum 4 (2). ISSN 2210-2116.s 161 – 191.s doi: 1075/jhl.4.2.01nes.

Nesset, Tore; Makarova, Anastasia. ‘Nu-drop’ in Russian verbs: a corpus-based investigation of morphological variation and change. Russian Linguistics : International Journal for the Study of the Russian Language 2012; Volum 36 (1). ISSN 0304-3487.s 41 – 63.s doi: 1007/s11185-011-9084-9.

Nesset, Tore; Kuznetsova, Julia. Stability and complexity : Russian suffix shift over time. Scando-Slavica 2011; Volum 57 (2). ISSN 0080-6765.s 268 – 289.s doi: 1080/00806765.2011.631784.

Nesset, Tore. Is the choice of prefix arbitrary? Aspectual prefixation and Russian verbs of perception. Slavic and East European Journal 2011; Volum 54 (4). ISSN 0037-6752.s 666 – 689.

Nesset, Tore; Endresen, Anna; Janda, Laura Alexis. Two ways to get out: Radial Category Profiling and the Russian prefixes vy- and iz. Zeitschrift für Slawistik 2011; Volum 56 (4). ISSN 0044-3506.s 377 – 402.

Nesset, Tore. Suffix shift in Russian verbs: a case for markedness?. Russian Linguistics : International Journal for the Study of the Russian Language 2010; Volum 34 (2). ISSN 0304-3487.s 123 – 138.s doi: 1007/s11185-010-9057-4.

Nesset, Tore; Janda, Laura Alexis. Paradigm structure: Evidence from Russian suffix shift. Cognitive Linguistics 2010; Volum 21 (4). ISSN 0936-5907.s 699 – 725.s doi: 1515/COGL.2010.022.

Nesset, Tore; Janda, Laura Alexis; Baayen, R. Harald. Capturing correlational structure in Russian paradigms: A case study in logistic mixed-effects modeling. Corpus Linguistics and Linguistic Theory 2010; Volum 6 (1). ISSN 1613-7027.s 29 – 48.s doi: 1515/CLLT.2010.002.

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