Evidence for weight effects in Russian

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  • Johannes Kizach, Denmark
It is well-known that factors such as weight, pronominality, animacy and newness influence word order in several languages, but whereas newness repeatedly has been argued to be a relevant factor for Russian, little or no attention has been paid to weight. In this paper, which is based on evidence from corpus data, weight is demonstrated to have a very significant influence on word order in Russian. Specifically, four constructions are tested: Postverbal PPs, the double object construction, adversity impersonals and the order of S, V and O. In all cases the same pattern emerges: The heavier constituents follow the lighter ones.
Original languageEnglish
JournalRussian Linguistics
Pages (from-to)251-270
Number of pages19
Publication statusPublished - 13 Oct 2012

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