Corpus Linguistics and Diachronic Syntax II: Subject Case, Finiteness and Agreement in Slavonic Languages
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German Research Foundation, 03/2013-02/2016
|Prof. Dr. Roland Meyer
|Christine Grillborzer, M.A.
|Prof. Dr. Bjorn Hansen
||Iryna Parkhomenko, M.A.
|Prof. Dr. Ernst Hansack
||Uliana Yazhinova, Dipl.
The project is the continuation of the Corpus Linguistics and Diachronic Syntax I: The Grammaticalization of Non-Canonical Subjects in Slavonic Languages that focused on the diachronic realization of non-canonical subjects, i.e. superficially unrealized (null) subjects, as well as non-agreeing and non-nominative subjects.
The current phase is aimed at the detailed study of the interaction between subject and case, as well es between agreement and the finite predicate. Using the multi-factorial concept of a subject, we will analyze the deviations from the standard model of nominative agreement on finite agreeing predicates in diachronic Slavonic syntax.
The central questions which the project addresses are: What diachronic linguistic developments lead to the present-day variation among Slavonic languages in the area of case assignment and agreement? How can they be determined by current corpus linguistic methods?
Since we depend on adequately annotated diachronic corpora, an important sub-goal of the project is to compile research corpora of Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian and Ukrainian. In the first phase of the project we have already compiled the Russian corpus (RRudi) and the Polish corpus (Poldi). Relying on these empirical data, formal and functional factors involved in case assignment and agreement shall be documented.
We aim to describe the Grammaticalization of peripheric subjects and their microtypological differences in Slavonic languages, as well as to make a contribution to the overall linguistic investigation on subject, finiteness, modality and passivization. In the long run, the project also wants to demonstrate how corpus technology can be used to improve diachronic research.