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    • The art of being negative: metonymical morphological constructions in contrast 

      Nesset, Tore (Journal article; Tidsskriftartikkel; Peer reviewed, 2010)
    • Big data in Russian linguistics? Another look at paucal constructions 

      Nesset, Tore (Journal article; Tidsskriftartikkel; Peer reviewed, 2019-05-28)
      With the advent of large web-based corpora, Russian linguistics steps into the era of “big data”. But how useful are large datasets in our field? What are the advantages? Which problems arise? The present study seeks to shed light on these questions based on an investigation of the Russian paucal construction in the RuTenTen corpus, a web-based corpus with more than ten billion words. The focus is ...
    • Compounds and culture: Conceptual blending in Norwegian and Russian 

      Nesset, Tore; Sokolova, Svetlana (Journal article; Tidsskriftartikkel; Peer reviewed, 2019-08-20)
      This study explores compounds from the perspective of conceptual blending (conceptual integration), and argues that the meaning of compounds arises through the interaction of three levels: (i) input spaces established for the head and non-head components, (ii) a blended space involving compression and emergent structure, i.e. elements not imported from the input spaces, and (iii) the language system ...
    • “Cyclic” time in the history of Russian. Culture and language internal factors 

      Nesset, Tore (Journal article; Tidsskriftartikkel; Peer reviewed, 2016-10-14)
      This article offers a diachronic analysis of the concept of “cyclic” time in Russian, more specifically of temporal adverbials such as <i>utrom</i> ‘in the morning’ and <i>vesnoj</i> ‘in the spring’ that refer to the diurnal and annual temporal cycles in nature. It is argued that evidence from diachrony bears on important theoretical questions: Is the sensitivity to “cyclic” time in language due to ...
    • The decade construction rivalry in Russian: Using a corpus to study historical linguistics 

      Nesset, Tore; Makarova, Anastasia (Journal article; Tidsskriftartikkel; Peer reviewed, 2018-04-16)
      This article addresses the diachronic development of so-called rival forms, i.e., words or grammatical constructions that appear to be synonyms, based on a detailed empirical analysis of two seemingly synonymous constructions in Russian. Corresponding to the English ‘decade construction’ <i>in the twenties</i>, Russian has two rival constructions, viz. <i>v dvadcatye gody</i> [<i>lit</i>. “in the ...
    • Do Russian paucal numerals govern the genitive? Evidence from stress placement 

      Nesset, Tore; Nordrum, Maria (Journal article; Tidsskriftartikkel; Peer reviewed, 2019-06-17)
      A long-standing issue in Russian linguistics concerns the noun in paucal constructions like dva goroda ‘two cities’. Is goroda the genitive singular of gorod, a separate ‘numerative case form’, or a ‘paucal number’? Although stress has figured prominently in the debate, corpus data and informant data regarding stress have received little attention. Based on the accentuated part of the Russian National ...
    • Does historical linguistics need the Cognitive Commitment? Prosodic change in East Slavic 

      Nesset, Tore (Journal article; Tidsskriftartikkel; Peer reviewed, 2016)
      On the basis of a case study of the so-called jer shift in Slavic, I argue that the Cognitive Commitment is essential for an adequate analysis of language change. While the “social turn” and the “quantitative turn” open up important perspectives and provide new opportunities for cognitive historical linguistics, the Cognitive Commitment remains essential because it facilitates elegant and ...
    • A FOOTnote to the Jers: The Russian Trochee-Iamb Shift and Cognitive Linguistics 

      Nesset, Tore (Journal article; Tidsskriftartikkel; Peer reviewed, 2016)
      This article explores the fall and vocalization of the jers, making ve claims. First, it is shown how the jer shift can be analyzed in terms of a trochaic pa ern, whereby a jer fell unless it headed a foot. Second, the foot-based approach is argued to be superior to the traditional counting mechanism postulated for the jer shift in that the foot-based approach avoids ad hoc stipulations and facilitates ...
    • Gender assignment in Ukrainian. Language specific rules and universal principles 

      Nesset, Tore (Journal article; Tidsskriftartikkel, 2003)
    • "Getting out : A preliminary analysis of vy- and iz-" 

      Nesset, Tore; Baydimirova, Anna; Janda, Laura Alexis (Journal article; Tidsskriftartikkel, 2009)
    • The History of the Russian Semelfactive: The Development of a Radial Category 

      Nesset, Tore (Journal article; Tidsskriftartikkel; Peer reviewed, 2013)
      This paper explores the history of suffixed semelfactive verbs in Russian, i.e., verbs like maxnut’ ‘wave once’ with the nu suffix. It is argued that the semelfactive aktionsart is best analyzed as a radial category organized around a prototype with four properties: uniformity, instantaneousness, non-resultativity, and single occurrence, which are defined and discussed in the article. I go on to ...
    • How Russian became Typologically Unusual: the History of Russian Temporal Adverbials with v ‘in(to)’ 

      Nesset, Tore (Journal article; Tidsskriftartikkel; Peer reviewed, 2013)
      The present study investigates the relationship between historical linguistics and language typology in Russian temporal adverbials. It is argued that temporal adverbials with v ‘in(to)’ are typologically unusual, since they are at variance with Leonard Talmy’s generalization that the semantics of closed-class elements tend to be magnitude-neutral (“topological”), rather than magnitude-sensitive ...
    • How to Translate Compounds into Russian? 

      Nesset, Tore (Journal article; Tidsskriftartikkel; Peer reviewed, 2018-11-29)
      The present study contributes to contrastive Germanic-Slavic linguistics through an empirical investigation of Norwegian compounds and corresponding constructions in Russian. First, it is demonstrated that five Russian constructions function as frequent equivalents of Norwegian compounds: simplex word, adjective+noun, noun+noun in the genitive, noun+prepositional phrase, and compound. Second, it is ...
    • How ‘here’ and ‘now’ in Russian and English establish joint attention in TV news broadcasts 

      Nesset, Tore; Endresen, Anna; Janda, Laura Alexis; Makarova, Anastasia; steen, Francis; Turner, Mark (Journal article; Tidsskriftartikkel; Peer reviewed, 2013)
      This article presents a thorough investigation of the five Russian deictic words that correspond to the English meanings ‘here’ and ‘now’: zdes’, tut, sejčas, teper’ and vot. We analyze data from the Russian National Corpus and data from Russian TV news broadcasts. On the basis of the corpus data, we propose a radial category network consisting of nine subcategories, which encompass all five words, ...
    • In Which Case Are Russians Afraid? Bojat’sja with Genitive and Accusative Objects 

      Nesset, Tore; Kuznetsova, Julia (Journal article; Tidsskriftartikkel; Peer reviewed, 2015)
      The present article investigates case usage with the verb bojat’sja ‘be scared’ in Russian. Many verbs with -sja never combine with objects in the accusative case. The verb bojat’sja historically was among them, but this verb is undergoing a shift and is currently used with both genitive and accusative objects. This study examines the parameters that motivate this change. Using data from the Russian ...
    • Korpuslingvisten i klasserommet: lingvistiske profiler i fremtidens språkundervisning 

      Nesset, Tore; Janda, Laura Alexis (Journal article; Tidsskriftartikkel; Peer reviewed, 2014)
      Den teknologiske utviklingen har gitt informasjonsalderens lingvister tilgang til mye større datamengder enn før. Mens datainnsamling bare for noen få år siden krevde mye tid og arbeid, er data i dag bare noen tastetrykk unna idet vi kan benytte oss av store elektroniske korpus. I denne artikkelen drøfter vi de konsekvensene den teknologiske utviklingen i korpuslingvistikken kan få for ...
    • Making choices in Russian: pros and cons of statistical methods for rival forms 

      Baayen, R. Harald; Endresen, Anna; Janda, Laura Alexis; Makarova, Anastasia; Nesset, Tore (Journal article; Tidsskriftartikkel; Peer reviewed, 2013)
      Sometimes languages present speakers with choices among rival forms, such as the Russian forms ostrič’ vs. obstrič’ ‘cut hair’ and proniknuv vs. pronikši ‘having penetrated’. The choice of a given form is often influenced by various considerations involving the meaning and the environment (syntax, morphology, phonology). Understanding the behavior of rival forms is crucial to understanding the ...
    • Metakonstruksjonssammensetninger 

      Nesset, Tore (Journal article; Tidsskriftartikkel; Peer reviewed, 2018)
      Denne artikkelen retter oppmerksomheten mot en type norske sammensetninger som har vært lite påaktet i faglitteraturen, og drøfter et viktig spørsmål i nordisk og allmenn språkvitenskap, nemlig hvordan språkbrukere tolker sammensetninger. “Metakonstruksjons­sammen­setninger” er sammen­­setninger av typen petroleumshimmel som er vanskelige å tolke uten kontekst, men som i konstruksjoner som ikke en ...
    • ‘Nu-drop’ in Russian verbs: a corpus-based investigation of morphological variation and change 

      Nesset, Tore; Makarova, Anastasia (Journal article; Tidsskriftartikkel; Peer reviewed, 2011)
      In the present article we are offering a corpus-based analysis of nu-drop in Russian verbs, the process whereby certain verbs with the suffix -nu- omit this morpheme in past tense forms. We will explore phonological, morphological and syntactic/semantic factors and show that inflectional and derivational morphology are the most important for nu-drop. Our study of the inflectional and derivational ...