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The Rise of Pre-posed Adnominal Genitive Constructions in Russian and Polish

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Innovations in the way possession is conveyed linguistically can be observed over the development of both Russian and Polish through the centuries. The non-prescriptive Pre-Posed Adnominal Genitive Constructions in the modern languages demonstrate how languages change in a similar direction but with different results. In Old Russian the more limited innovation is primarily the result of syntactic constraints in a more conservative, but ever-changing, language. Examples from Old Polish demonstrate a system deep in flux.

Affiliations: 1: The University of ChicagoLecturer of Russian and Polish, Coordinator of the Language Program, Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, University of Chicago,


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