Conditions on the Formation of Middles in Russian

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  • Charles Jones George Mason University
  • James S. Levin George Mason University

Keywords:

Russian, middle construction

Abstract

This paper presents a VP account of the adverbial modification required, in some way, by the middle construction in Russian and the related construction in English: Kartoška počistilas' legko 'The potato peeled easily.' The account develops a syntax and semantics for the adverbial middle (Type I: Ackema and Schoorlemmer 2006) that is free of various requirements often supposed for it, notably an "implicit agent" and a generic interpretation. The main condition on adverbial middle formation is access to an embedded state predicate of the object in the logical structure of the head.

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Published

2021-11-04

How to Cite

Jones, C., and J. . S. Levin. “Conditions on the Formation of Middles in Russian”. Journal of Slavic Linguistics, vol. 18, no. 2, Nov. 2021, pp. 291-35, http://ojs.ung.si/index.php/JSL/article/view/135.

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