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A Semantic Analysis of Russian Impersonal Sentences

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Authors
Lee, In Young
Issue Date
1985
Publisher
서울대학교 언어교육원
Citation
어학연구, Vol.21 No.2, pp. 145-166
Abstract
The purpose of this paper is to show that the affective value of Russian Impersonal Sentences (IPS) can be accounted for by the close examination of underlying (semantic and syntactic) structures of various types of IPS. For this purpose, I utilize a somewhat modified version of Simon Dik's Functional Grammar as a framework. I define IPS as sentences marked by the absence of a participant in the narrat~d event in the subject role. On the basis of this definition various types of Russian IPS are examined, primarily in terms of their semantic functions. A detailed analysis of such types reveals that there are restrictions on the semantic structure, which account for the affective value: "backgrounding" of a "major" source or "foregrounding" of its absence.
ISSN
0254-4474
Language
English
URI
http://hdl.handle.net/10371/85729
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Language Education Institute (언어교육원)Language Research (어학연구)Language Research (어학연구) Volume 21 Number 1/4 (1985)
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