THE EXPRESSION OF POSSESSION IN MEDIEVAL RUSSIAN LEGAL LANGUAGE: CONTEXTUAL FACTORS IN THE SELECTION OF ALTERNATIVES /b>
Author: Ljiljana Duraskovic
Publisher: Ohio State University
Publication date: 2012
Number of pages: 251
Format / Quality: pdf
Size: 1,6 MB
Russian legal-administrative documents from the early fourteenth through the mid-seventeenth century (Middle Russian) show extensive variation in expressing possessivity within the noun phrase. Possessor expressions can be conveyed by morphologically derived possessive adjectives, adnominal genitives, or by combinations of those constructions (“ungoverned” genitives). They can occur before, after, or surrounding the NP head. Previous research has claimed that possessivity was expressed exclusively by possessive adjectives except in cases in which the possessive adjectives could not be formed.