The development of overt aspectual marking among Russian biaspectual verbs Public Deposited

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  • March 21, 2019
  • Korba, John Joseph
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures
  • The majority of Russian verbs are marked for aspect. Most verbs are either imperfective or perfective, and related perfective or imperfective verbs are derived by affixation. However, biaspectual verbs do not initially make a morphological distinction between imperfective and perfective. Scholars (Janda (forthcoming), Certkova and Cang (1998), Jászay (1999)) have noted both the stability of the biaspectual verb class and some biaspectual verbs’ tendency to form aspectual partners. Jászay surveyed native speakers and found that biaspectuals do form derived imperfective verbs used in part of the verbal paradigm, but not uniformly. He terms this phenomenon partial biaspectuality. My research continues the work done by Jászay and examines the phenomenon of partial biaspectuality among the biaspectual verbs that form prefixed perfective aspectual partners. Using data collected from the Russian National Corpus, I look at unambiguous perfective morphological forms and show that prefixed perfective partners are not used uniformly.
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