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Aspect, Verbal

(12,255 words)

Author(s): Dickey, Stephen M.
This article discusses the form and functions of Slavic verbal aspect, which is a defining feature of Slavic languages. After a basic description including a treatment of the interaction between situation type and grammatical aspect, the article describes the morphology of Slavic verbal aspect, focusing on Russian. It discusses the roles of prefixation and suffixation in the creation of aspectually correlated verbs and argues for the idea of verbal networks/clusters as a more adequate alt…
Date: 2024-01-23

Cognitive Linguistics (Cognitive Grammar)

(4,773 words)

Author(s): Janda, Laura | Dickey, Stephen M.
The article outlines some recent highlights in the application of cognitive linguistic theoretical and methodological approaches to the analysis of Slavic languages. A principal strength of cognitive linguistics is the way in which it focuses our attention on the continuous nature of linguistic phenomena. Rather than positing rigid categories and strict definitions, cognitive linguistics addresses the messy realities of language, facilitating the extraction of coherent patterns from the n…
Date: 2024-01-23

Corpora of Slavic Languages

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Author(s): Łaziński, Marek | Božović, Petar | Dickey, Stephen M.
Corpus linguistics as a general, broadly accessible field of research and methodology developed in the United States and Western Europe in the 1980s, but Slavic countries and languages joined the new approach to language relatively early. In the first stage of development of computer-assisted quantitative linguistics, scholars from Slavic countries were already beginning to get involved in the field.One of the cofounders of the first publicly available standard corpus of contemporary American English, the Brown Corpus (1969), was the Czech and Slavic…
Date: 2024-01-23