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Birds and Beasts: Shaping Events in Old Russian

Principal investigator: Hanne Eckhoff, Tore Nesset, Laura A. Janda Project title: Birds and Beasts: Shaping Events in Old Russian Summary of the project: The aim of the Birds and Beast project was to investigate the relationship between verbal aspect and aktionsart in the history of Russian. An important aim was to do this on a strictly Read More

Daria Kosheleva: PhD project

Working title: “Future tense in Russian: Factors and strategies for native speakers and foreign language learners” Supervisors: Laura A. Janda, Tore Nesset Summary: My PhD project is on future tense in Russian: the imperfective periphrastic form (budu pisat’ ‘I will write’) and the perfective inflectional form (napišu ‘I will write’). The dissertation will shed light on why and Read More

Aspect in Coordination: A Constructicon of Russian Verbal Coordinating Constructions

Principal investigator: Svetlana Sokolova Project title: Aspect in Coordination: A Constructicon of Russian Verbal Coordinating Constructions Summary of the project: Descriptive grammars list various lexical “triggers” that indicate that only one aspect is available (e.g. uže triggers the perfective (PF), whereas vsegda – the imperfective (IPF)). Although lexical triggers predict aspect with fairly good reliability Read More

Word Formation in Non-Standard Russian

Principal investigator: Svetlana Sokolova Project title: Word-formation in non-standard Russian Summary of the project: What drives non-standard language? For instance, referring to his fruitful labor, a Russian speaker could say – Neploxo rabotnul! ‘Well done!’– using the innovative verb rabotnut’ instead of porabotat’ ‘worked’. In non-standard Russian, verbs bearing the semelfactive marker –nu– can perform Read More

Aspect & Metaphor

Principal investigator: Svetlana Sokolova Project title: Aspect and Metaphor Summary of the project: Recent studies have shown that there are frequent formal differences between metaphorical and literal uses of the same words (Deignan 2005, Steen 2007). This project focuses on the relation between metaphor and aspect, by addressing the following questions: Does metaphorical and non-metaphorical Read More

Homo Ludens

Principal investigator: Svetlana Sokolova, Guro Reisæter Project title: Homo ludens: man lærer som lenge man leker Summary of the project: Development of innovative learning forms through interaction of film and theater in language learning. Målet til prosjektet «HOMO LUDENS: man lærer som lenge man leker» var å utvikle nye undervisnings- og læringsformer og eksperimentere med aktiv Read More

Varangian Rus’ Digital Environment

Principal investigator: Svetlana Sokolova Project title: Varangian Rus’ Digital Environment Summary of the project: i rěša sami v sebě poiščemъ sobě knjazja iže by volodělъ nami … i idoša za more kъ varjagomъ k rusi… ‘They said to themselves: “Let us seek a prince who may rule over us…” So they went overseas to the Read More

CLARUS – Constructional Landscape of Russian Syntax: Modeling native speakers’ knowledge for second language learners

Principal investigator: Anna Endresen Project title: CLARUS – Constructional Landscape of Russian Syntax: Modeling native speakers’ knowledge for second language learners Summary of the project: The CLARUS project focuses on the syntactic level of Russian grammar and takes a constructionist usage-based approach to syntax. The project has three components that will provide empirical, theoretical, and Read More

Maria Nordrum: PhD project

Dissertation title: “Together and apart: Perfective verbs with a prefix and the semelfactive suffix -nu- in Contemporary Standard Russian” Supervisors: Tore Nesset and Laura A. Janda Summary: This dissertation investigates Russian perfective verbs with a prefix and the semelfactive suffix –nu-, such as zaxlopnut’ ‘slam shut’, for the sake of simplicity referred to as “Pref-Nu verbs”. Read More

Elmira Zhamaletdinova: PhD project

Working title: “Modal constructions in Russian” Supervisors: Laura A. Janda, Tore Nesset Summary: This study is aimed to provide a corpus-based analysis of Russian modal constructions involving adverbial or adjectival predicatives (like nado ‘must’, možno ‘be able’, nel’zja ‘one cannot’) followed by an infinitive and with experiencer marked in the Dative case. The purpose of this investigation Read More