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Lomonosov Moscow State University
The article deals with the phonostylistic and semantic features of acoustic images in the early realist stories of Alexander Grin. The conclusion is made about their important compositional role. Attention is focused on vocabulary with acoustic semantics, as well as onomatopoeia understood as the imitation of both the sound and its meaning. The functions of sound polyphony in the depicting of landscapes and emotional states and in the plot structure are discussed. The role of alliteration, the temporal characteristics of acoustic images, a combination of autologous and associative images, and variable functionality of remarks in dialogs are described. The prosodic features of the narrative are analyzed. The motifs of silence and music and their role in the semantic structure of Grin’s stories are noted.

Key words: acoustic and prosodic features of artistic text, onomatopoeia, sound imagery, music, silence, Andrei Belyi, W. Weidle, E. Zamiatin.

For reference: Solntseva N., Zhang Rui. The functions of the acoustic images in the early prose works of Alexander Grin. Rhema. Рема. 2020. No. 2. Pp. 9–17.

“Aquilon Books”
In this article, the author proposes a detailed reconstruction of the history of the Petrograd Union of Poets, which was established with an avid participation of both Alexander Blok and Nikolai Gumilev. The author focuses his attention on their literary and organizational activities within the framework of the Union of Poets, as well as on their professional relations that have now become a subject of several myths created by unreliable memoirs and supported by the poets’ credulous biographers. The article is based on archival materials, magazine reviews and newspaper chronicles from 1920–21. The author also uses Blok’s Notebooks, heavily censored in the Soviet times but now made available in autographs.

Key words: Petrograd Union of Poets, Alexander Blok, Nikolai Gumilev, Vladislav Khodasevich, history of Russian poetry, literary institutions, literary environment.

For reference:Ustinov А. Alexander Blok and Nikolai Gumilev in the Petrograd Union of Poets. Rhema. Рема. 2020. No. 2. Pp. 18–59.

Ural Federal University named after the first President of Russia B.N. Yeltsin
This study is dedicated to the development of methods of computer-aided hyper-hyponymic verbal pairs extraction. The method’s foundation is that in a dictionary article the defined verb is commonly a hyponym and its definition is formulated through a hypernym in the infinitive. The first method extracted all infinitives having dependents. The second method also demanded an extracted infinitive to be the root of the syntax tree. The first method allowed the extraction of almost twice as many hypernyms; whereas the second method provided higher precision. The results were post-processed with word embeddings, which allowed an improved precision without a crucial drop in the number of extracted hypernyms.

Key words: semantics, verbal hyponymy, syntax models, word embeddings, RusVectōrēs.

For reference: Antropova O., Ogorodnikova E. Automated method of hyper-hyponymic verbal pairs extraction from dictionary definitions based on syntax analysis and word embeddings. Rhema. Рема. 2020. No. 2. Pp. 60–75.

Pushkin State Russian Language Institute;
Lomonosov Moscow State University
The paper discusses ordering of attributive adjectives, which have differences in their derivational and inflectional morphology. A corpus-driven study is presented: the complex corpus, consisting of Old Church Slavonic and Old Russian texts from 11 to 17 centuries was used. Quantitative analysis shows the different ordering tendencies for attributive adjectives with different suffixes.

Key words: noun phrase structure, attributive adjectives, morphology, Russian, diachrony.

For reference: Kuryanova О. Morphology and linear order of attributive adjecti- ves in the history of the Russian language. Rhema. Рема. 2020. No. 2. Pp. 76–91.

Lomonosov Moscow State University
This paper describes the phenomenon of syntactic priming, that is, the speaker’s tendency to repeat the syntactic construction of an utterence used by himself or his interlocutor shortly before. The main theoretical concepts, experimental methodology, syntactic material, the so-called lexical boost effect, differences in results when using speech production or comprehension methods are considered, as well as the main theoretical models of syntactic priming. Experiments with bilinguals are described in detail. The results of the study of Russian possessive constructions are presented.

Key words: implicit memory, priming, syntactic priming, experiment, lexical boost effect, bilingua, Russian.

For reference: Fedorova O. Syntactic priming in experimental linguistics. Rhema. Рема. 2020. No. 2. Pp. 92–120.

Herzen State Pedagogical University of Russia
Verbal images are immanent for fiction texts. Many features of verbal images are difficult to understand for foreigners. The paper considers grammatical structure of verbal images as a source of a possible perceptive failure. Strategies for foreign students to overcome difficulties in understanding lexical, grammatical and imagery structure of the text are described. Experimental data on the perception of “grammar” of verbal images by foreign students is provided. Activities for developing skills in comprehension ‘grammar’ of verbal images for intermediate students are suggested. Verbal images of the poem “Birch” by S.A. Esenin are analyzed as an example.

Key words: language education, intercultural communication, teaching Russian as a foreign language, fiction and poetry, Russian literature, verbal images, grammar, the seasons.

For reference: Eremina E. “Grammar” of verbal image in Russian literature in teaching foreigners. Rhema. Рема. 2020. No. 2. Pp. 121–135.


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Lomonosov Moscow State University;
Pushkin State Russian Language Institute
This paper deals with the two sets of polarity sensitive items in Russian: ni- and -nibud’ pronouns. Non-specific indefinite -nibud’ pronouns (NSIs) are possible only in propositions that do not ensure truth, i.e. non-veridical contexts. Although clause-mate negation creates such a context, NSIs are incompatible with it and are substituted by negative ni- pronouns that are licensed only by negative concord. The incompatibility of NSIs with negation can be resolved in subjunctive sentences and embedded purpose čtoby-clauses, however, the licensing conditions in these cases are not defined. In this paper I introduce another context which licenses both types of pronouns, namely, negated process nominalizations. I determine the licensing conditions for the two types of pronouns in nominalization, and test previous approaches against the new data. In particular, I argue that -nibud’ pronouns are licensed in the scope of the nonveridical operator that is introduced in the main clause.

Key words: negative pronouns, non-specific indefinite pronouns, negative polarity items (NPI), nominalization, Russian.

For reference: Gerasimova A. When ni- and -nibud’ are logically equivalent: Evidence from Russian nominalizations. Rhema. Рема. 2020. No. 1. Pp. 9–23.

Lomonosov Moscow State University
This paper is dedicated to creating a restrictive account for syntactic phases under some crucial assumptions of the last years such as Reverse Agree and Universal DP. To achieve that, Bošković’s position on Phase Impenetrability Constraint, which entails that it does not affect Agree, is checked against Russian data reinterpreted under Universal DP.

Key words: phases, syntax, Russian language, Minimalism.

For reference:Zelenskii D. Universal DP and Bošković phases. Rhema. Рема. 2020. No. 1. Pp. 24–35.

University of Edinburgh
This paper analyses a fragment of the morphophonological grammar of Russian, namely the so-called e ~ ’о alternation, within a Lexical Phonology-style stratal model. The aim is to demonstrate that the rule shows a range of properties usually associated with stem-level phonology. Thus, on the one hand, Russian data provides further support for a stratal model of morphophonology, and on the other hand stratal models appear to be a productive approach to Russian morphophonological alternations that explicitly links morphophonology with both phonological patterns and the morphological and semantic structure of Russian words.

Key words: phonology, morphophonology, Russian, stratal phonology, lexical rules, rule ordering.

For reference: Iosad P.V. Stratal phonology and Russian morphophonology. Rhema. Рема. 2020. No. 1. Pp. 36–55.

Institute for Linguistic Studies Russian Academy of Sciences
Previously, čto-clause complements of nouns were found to be more acceptable in constructions with collocations as opposed to non-collocations, which was taken to support the hypothesis whereby čto-clauses are introduced by a silent preposition licensed by incorporation into a complex predicate (created in collocational constructions). The paper presents the results of an acceptability rating study testing the prediction of this account, namely, that embedding the noun in a coordinate structure should block the incorporation and hence licensing of čto-clauses. In addition, an alternative hypothesis is examined according to which čto-clauses are more acceptable in collocations due to their higher frequency.

Key words: Russian, experimental syntax, noun complement clauses, collocation, coordination, frequency.

For reference: Knyazev M. The effect of coordinate structure on the licensing of čto-clauses in noun complement constructions: An experimental study. Rhema. Рема. 2020. No. 1. Pp. 56–69.

National Research University «Higher School of Economics»
In the article, I describe cases of special behavior of Russian phrases with quantifiers like neskol’ko ‘some’, mnogo ‘many, much’ and small numerals like dva ‘two’. I show that they can occur in the subject position in contexts that usually do not contain a canonical DP/NP subject (constructions with the verb xvatat’ ‘be enough’, negation contexts with the verb byt’ ‘be’ and its habitual / iterative correla- te byvat’), and for neskol’ko-like quantifiers, the direct object position with intransi- tive predicates like na-...-sja circumfixed verbs is also available. The reason of non- canonical subject behavior is the possibility to be subjects without controlling plural verbal agreement, while the non-canonical direct object behavior is possible because neskol’ko-like quantifiers lack the category of case..

Key words: quantifiers, numerals, case-marking, direct object, subject, genitive of negation, agreement.

For reference: Letuchiy A. Russian constructions with numerals and quantifiers: Their non-standard use in the subject and object position. Rhema. Рема. 2020. No. 1. Pp. 70–89.

Universität Leipzig
The paper shows that a single aspect operator successfully generates the interpretations of Russian perfective and imperfective forms, if the following requirements are met. First, the default aspect operator has to be based on the notion of state change. Secondly, the output of the operator is filtered by semantic and morphological blocking constraints.

Key words: verbal aspect, default operator, event realization, state change, contextual interpretation.

For reference: Mueller-Reichau O. Default aspect based on state change. Rhema. Рема. 2020. No. 1. Pp. 90–105.

National Research University “Higher School of Economics”
This paper seeks to investigate some properties of oblique control in Russian. It is demonstrated that oblique control is a subtype of obligatory control, but has some peculiar properties of its own, distinguishing it from object control: Floating quantifiers in oblique control structures necessarily surface in dative case, and the controller DP cannot take narrow scope limited to the embedded clause only.

Key words: Russian syntax, control, oblique control.

For reference: Baykov F. Oblique control in Russian. Rhema. Рема. 2020. No. 1. Pp. 106–125.



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Universidad Nacional de Colombia;
Lomonosov Moscow State University
The article discusses the results obtained with the help of a computer program created for the automatic analysis of strophic syntax. The program was created using Boris Tomashevsky’s method, which is based on the analysis of punctuation at the end of the poetic lines (the strength of the syntactic pause is evaluated depending on the absence or presence of a punctuation sign: a comma, a dash, a semicolon or a full pause / question mark / exclamation mark). The application of this method to different types of poetic texts made it possible to describe general and unique trends, characterizing authors of different national traditions and periods. This result shows the necessity of a macrostudy that would include a larger number of strophic forms, texts and time periods.

Key words: ottava rima, terza rima, sonnet, strophic syntax, stanzaic syntax, poetics, verse study, strophic macrosyntax, digital humanities, quantitative methods.

For reference: Belousova A. Strophic macrosyntax: Ottava rima, terza rima, sonnet (Russia and Italy). Rhema. Рема. 2019. No. 4. Pp. 9–24.

Ryazan Guards Higher Airborne Command School
This article discusses one aspect of the poetics of Mikhail Sholokhov’s novel “And Quiet Flows the Don”. The originality of the poetics of the zoomorphic detail in this novel is revealed. The article discusses the most frequent bestial elements pertaining to the characters of Sholokhov’s novel. It has been established that the zoomorphic imagery of the novel demonstrates the dynamics from zoomorphic associations and metaphors to zoomorphic constant details.

Key words: zoomorphic detail, zoomorphism, zoomorphic images, “And Quiet Flows the Don”, M.A. Sholokhov.

For reference:Kuksa P. “Zoomorphic” details in the structure of the characters in Mikhail Sholokhov’s novel “And Quiet Flows the Don”. Rhema. Рема. 2019. No. 4. Pp. 21–33.

National Research University “Higher School of Economics”
Based on an empirical verification of L1–L2 contrastive analysis results, the author designed a methodology and a numeric scale for assessing consonant errors typical of Russian native speakers speaking German. The paper describes how the scale can be used for detecting and ranging main discrepancies between Russian and German consonant systems resulting from different phonological status of phonetic palatalization, aspiration and semi-voicedness.

Key words: contrastive analysis, phonetiс L1-interference, second language acquisition, German phonetics, Russian phonetics, palatalization of consonants, aspirated consonants, semi-voiced consonants

For reference: Blok E. Planning and customization of introductory L2 phonetic courses on the basis of a numeric scale for assessing non-native speaker mistakes. Rhema. Рема. 2019. No. 4. Pp. 34–52.

Institute of Linguistics, Russian Academy of Sciences
The article discusses one of the methods of onomastic reconstruction, which allows to restore the region’s early toponymy from the names of medieval mountains, villages and wastelands, as well as to determine the localization of lost toponyms based on the analysis of derived names. Some of these toponyms undergo a “three-step” transtoponimization: first they are stored in the name of the settlement or hillfort (Olpeevskoe selishche / Olpeevsky settlement, Perevitskoe gorodishche / Perevitsky hillfort), then in the name of the village, in a compound with the participation of a special term (derevnyа Olpeevskoe Selishche / village of Olpeevsky Settlement), and further in the name of the wasteland («pustosh’, chto byla derevnya Knyazhnoe Selishche» / «the wasteland that was the village of Knyazhnoe Settlement»). The article explores the Ryazan toponymy.

Key words: Onomastic reconstruction, Old Russian toponymy, wastelands, ancient settlements, hillforts, Russian toponymic traditions, the land of Ryazan, Ryazan toponymy, onomastic research techniques.

For reference: Gordova Ju. Onomastic reconstruction: Restoration and location of ancient toponymy according to the names of wastelands, hillforts, ancient settlements (Ryazan region). Rhema. Рема. 2019. No. 4. Pp. 53–69.

University of Pavia
TIn this paper I analyze how sanctions against Russia are framed in Russian newspapers in the first period after the Ukrainian crisis. The analysis is based on data from the Newspaper subcorpus of the Russian National Corpus, which contains newspaper articles published from February to August 2014. Through concordance analysis of the word sankcii ‘sanctions’, we analyze the representation, also metaphorical, of sanctions in Russian media discourse.

Key words: sanctions, Russian, media discourse, concordances, metaphor.

For reference: Pinelli E. Sanctions against Russia: Presentation of the first period of the sanctioning process in Russian media. Rhema. Рема. 2019. No. 4. Pp. 70–85.

Moscow Pedagogical State University
The article considers some stylistic aspects of the Russian and English language systems based on A Dictionary of The English Language… by Samuel Johnson, and A Dictionary of The Russian Academy (‘Slovar Academii Rossiyskoy’), 18th c., that laid a foundation of the British and Russian national lexicography. A comparison of major literary sources of the dictionaries and approaches applied in these lexicographic traditions reveals significant differences between the styles of the two language systems, which has an impact on the national mentalities, ways of perception of a mother tongue and а foreign language, as well as methods of teaching the two languages.

Key words: style of the language, language system, A Dictionary of the English Language by S. Johnson, A Dictionary of The Russian Academy (‘Slovar Academii Rossiyskoi’), literary sources of the dictionary, lexicographic approaches, etymology, loan words.

For reference: Hazanova O. Style of the language systems as reflected in A Dictionary of the English Language by Samuel Johnson (1755) and A Dictionary of the Russian Academy (‘Slovar’ Akademii Rossiyskoy’, 1789–1794). Rhema. Рема. 2019. No. 4. Pp. 86–107.

Max-Planck-Institut für Menschheitsgeschichte;
Universität Leipzig
In this paper, I argue that “depth of analysis” does not deserve the prestige that it is sometimes given in general linguistics. While language description should certainly be as detailed as possible, general linguistics must rely on worldwide comparison of languages, and this cannot be based on language-particular analyses. Rigorous quantitative comparison requires uniform measurement, and this implies abstracting away from many language-particular peculiarities. I will illustrate this on the basis of ergative patterns, starting out from I.A. Mel’čuk’s (1981) proposal for Lezgian. This proposal was not successful, but why not? And why is Baker’s (2015) theory of dependent case likewise unsuccessful? By contrast, quantitative worldwide research has found striking similarities of ergative coding patterns, which can be explained by the efficiency theory of asymmetric coding. I will argue that this success is due to a more cautious approach to understanding Human Language, which does not rely on the Mendeleyevian vision for grammar (that all grammars are made from the same innate building blocks).

Key words: syntactic analysis, ergative construction, language typology, grammar blueprint.

For reference: Haspelmath M. Ergativity and depth of analysis. Rhema. Рема. 2019. No. 4. Pp. 108–130.


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A.M. Gorky Institute of World Literature, Russian Academy of Sciences
The article examines the functional role of the “other’s” word in Andrei Bely’s prose of the post-revolutionary period. Schubert’s vocal cycle Winterreise transforms significantly in the author’s autobiographical mythology. Both the motif of winter wandering and the imagery of the cycle (the wanderer, wandering, the raven), correlate with the typology of the initiation myth and structure the semantics of the narrative.

Key words: Andrei Bely, autobiographical myth, “Crisis of consciousness”, musical cycle, wandering, wanderer, Fr. Schubert, Winterreise, R. Steiner.

For reference: Glukhova E. Motifs and images of the vocal cycle of F. Schubert's «Winterreise» in the context of the autobiographical mythology of Andrei Bely. Rhema. Рема. 2019. No. 3. Pp. 9–24.

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA),
Lomonosov Moscow State University,
Tallinn University
The article discusses the multilingual correspondence of the Prague Linguistic Circle in connection with the typology of scholarly associations, on the one hand, and “cultural polyglottism” of the Prague School, on the other. The author provides addenda to the academic edition Pražská škola v korespondenci: Dopisy z let 1924–1989 (Prague: Karolinum, 2014). Special attention is paid to Roman Jakobson’s Czechoslovak years.

Key words: Prague School, Prague Linguistic Circle, intellectual history, the social-environmental aspect of research, multilingualism and cultural polyglottism, Roman Jakobson.

For reference:Pilshchikov I.A. The Prague School at the “Crossroads of Cultures” (On multilingualism in the correspondence of the Prague Linguistic Circle). Rhema. Рема. 2019. No. 3. Pp. 25–52.

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E. Lyutikova1, 2, P. Grashchenkov1, 3
1Lomonosov Moscow State University,
2Pushkin State Russian Language Institute,
3Institute of Oriental Studies, RAS
In this paper, we analyse the intricate agreement pattern attested with inflected quantifiers, intensifiers and anaphors in Tatar. These nominals can trigger not only a default 3rd person agreement, but also the marked person agreement reflecting the features of their restrictor or binder. We propose that in these constructions, inflected quantifiers, intensifiers and anaphors bear the features the agreement reveals, and propose a mechanism allowing inflected quantifiers, intensifiers and anaphors to aquire the features of the restrictor or binder. We build on the idea that agreeing inflected quantifiers, intensifiers and anaphors contain a minimal pronoun equipped with a set of unvalued interpretable features, and that this feature set gets valued via feature sharing.

Key words: agreement, person, inflected quantifiers, intensifiers, anaphors, feature sharing, binding, Tatar.

For reference: Lyutikova E., Grashchenkov P. On the syntax of person agreement in Tatar. Rhema. Рема. 2019. No. 3. Pp. 53–73.

Lomonosov Moscow State University
The paper focuses on the semantic properties of Classical Armenian periphrastic verbal forms consisting of a participle in -eal and an auxiliary verb em ‘to be’ in past tense; the data are from Armenian translation of four Gospels. The pluperfect in Classical Armenian may function as past perfect representing resultative, stative, and experiential uses. Likewise, irreal (both hypothetical and counterfactual) and antiresultative meanings (non-achieved or cancelled result) are well attested. Finally, standard relative-tense uses are also frequent. The most important discourse function of pluperfect forms is related to marking «out-of-sequence» events. Crosslinguistically, this inventory of functions is more or less standard, but some details require further analysis.

Key words: antiresultative, irrealis, relative tense, Classical Armenian, pluperfect, verbal periphrases.

For reference: Semionova X. The semantics of pluperfect forms in Classical Armenian Gospels. Rhema. Рема. 2019. No. 3. Pp. 74–100.

Lomonosov Moscow State University
The article deals with Modern Greek phraseological units (PUs) containing biblionyms, which originate in the Hellenistic era and represent a special category, being the product of direct quoting of the texts of the Holy Scripture or being used with a reinterpreted meaning. The article presents the philological analysis and semantic classification of PUs with biblionyms, which leads to the conclusion that PUs with biblionyms contain elements of narrativeness and didactics, expressing the positive or negative emotional evaluation of reality, including people, events and a wide range of objects.

Key words: Greek language, Phraseology, Bible, phraseological world’s picture.

For reference: Tresorukova I. Biblionyms in the Greek phraseological picture of the world. Rhema. Рема. 2019. No. 3. Pp. 101–114.

1University of Ljubljana,
2Fran Ramovš Institute of Slovenian Language, Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts
The paper deals with the Slovenian comitative constructions that encode two human participants who fulfil the same semantic role and are involved in the same event. It analyses their formal and semantic characteristics. A special focus of our analysis is put on the role of the dual in these constructions. We examine the impact of the different parameters (pronouns, predicate form, gender and linear order) on the interpretation of the referents’ number in the comitative constructions.

Key words: Slovenian, comitative constructions, dual, personal pronoun.

For reference: Uhlik M., Žele A. Slovenian comitative constructions with dual personal pronouns. Rhema. Рема. 2019. No. 3. Pp. 115–132.

Moscow City University
The article presents the innovative experience of professional training of teachers of Romanic languages (French and Italian) based on linguo-cultural approach. The stages of the development of linguoculturology are considered. A new approach to teaching foreign languages is proposed, which is implemented in modules of a linguo-culturological orientation and allows students to create professional and special competences through the prism of the national culture of Roman countries..

Key words: linguistic and cultural studies, cultural linguistics, linguistic and cultural approach, methods of teaching Romanic languages (French and Italian).

For reference: Grigoryeva E., Cherkashina E. Implementation of the linguistic and cultural approach to teaching Romanic languages in the system of master degree preparation. Rhema. Рема. 2019. No. 3. Pp. 133–147.

1Lomonosov Moscow State University,
2Herzen State Pedagogical University of Russia
The article presents a model of researcher training of students in university-level language teacher education programmes. Based on the Russian Federal Educational Standard of Higher Education and the Educational Standard of Lomonosov Moscow State University, the authors of the article describe the main components of the language teacher’s research competences. The content of researcher training is outlined for the second, third and fourth year of the BA-programmes and the two years of the MA-programmes. The article also suggests research competences assessment procedures and tools. Combining the approaches of a classical and a pedagogical university, federal and university-developed standards, the article can serve as a foundation of researcher training programmes development, design of courses aimed at the development of the research competences and to develop specifications of researcher competences assessment for trainee language teachers on different levels of higher education.

Key words: researcher training, research competences, language teacher education, thesis, master’s dissertation.

For reference: Safonova V., Korenev A., Perevertkina M. Strategies of research competence development in language teacher education. Rhema. Рема. 2019. No. 3. Pp. 148–177.


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Moscow Pedagogical State University
The article focuses on the correlations between the changes in the Soviet education system under Khrushchev’s rule, the brothers Strugatsky’s pedagogical views, and some aspects of the plot-construction in their novels of the 1960s. Arguments are cited in favor of the influence of the USSR’s education policy on the Strugatskys and the gradual development of the escape motif in their work.

Key words: Strugatsky, boarding school, escape, Khrushchev, “Thaw”, upbringing system, science-fiction..

For reference: Kuznetsov A. The views of Arkady and Boris Strugatsky on the education of the generations: The motive of the escape of children in the novels of 1960-ies. Rhema. Рема. 2019. No. 2. Pp. 9–18.

V.V. Vinogradov Russian Language Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences,
The article describes a problem of the reception of the shape of Leo Tolstoy by the French writer E.-M. de Vogüé (1848–1910), whose book “Russian Novel” (“Le roman russe”) (1886) never fully been translated into the Russian language, the influence of “neomisticism” and his interpretation of cultural situation in Europe at the end of the 19th century on the interpretation of the personality and creativity of the great Russian writer, revealed the ambiguity and contradictoriness of the assessment, which gives Vogüé to Tolstoy’s worldview.

Key words: reception, “Catholic revival”, positivism, naturalism, translations, “mysticism”, E.-M. de Vogüé, Lev Tolstoy .

For reference:Trykov V. Lev Nikolaevich Tolstoy in the book “Russian novel” by E.-M. de Vogüé. Rhema. Рема. 2019. No. 2. Pp. 19–27.

Chelyabinsk State University
The article analyzes the implementation of the diagnostic strategy of television medical drama discourse in Russian and American linguoculture on the material of the series “Practice” and “Grey's Anatomy” as the most striking examples of this type of discourse. The study highlights the phenomenon of medicalization and the genre of the television medical drama, introduces the concept of the medical drama television discourse and discusses it de nitional properties, as well as the ways of achievement of compliance at the diagnostic stage in Russian and American medical drama television discourse.

Key words: television medical drama discourse, medical discourse, diagnostic strategy, medicalization, compliance.

For reference: Kerer K. Diagnostic strategy of Russian and American television medical drama discourse. Rhema. Рема. 2019. No. 2. Pp. 28–47.

Lomonosov Moscow State University
This article seeks to introduce bull and bear communicative strategies in the US election discourse. The coinage is derived from the popular images of bull and bear in the economic terms ‘bull market’ and ‘bear market’. The bull strategy focuses on positive self-presentation, while the bear strategy is aimed at negative other-presentation. Research into US presidential debates shows that most frequent communicative strategies aim either to create and reinforce the politician’s positive image or to discredit his or her opponent and ruin their chances to win. Which of the strategies stands to be more efficient is yet a matter of argument; however it is vividly shown that these strategies provide the perfect breeding ground for discursive confrontation.

Key words: communicative strategies, bull and bear strategies, US election discourse, US presidential debates, discursive confrontation.

For reference: Mukhortov D., Zhovner E. The Bull and Bear Communicative Strategies in the US presidential campaign rhetoric. Rhema. Рема. 2019. No. 2. Pp. 48–60.

Lomonosov Moscow State University
Differential object marking / dom is the term for the phenomenon of distinguishing two classes of direct objects, one bearing a special marker, while the other lacking it. In modern linguistics, the marker licensing is partially or fully attributed to the features of a direct object: Animacy/Inanimacy and referential status. Russian didactic literature generally contains a reduced explanatory model of Spanish dom, based on the grammar of the Royal Spanish Academy. For Catalan, the explanatory model is complicated by the usus/norm split, the latter reducing the phenomenon’s scope. The paper focuses on the improvement of dom explanatory models for Spanish and Catalan.

Key words: differential object marking, differential argument marking, Spanish language, Catalan language, language didactics, Iberian Roman linguistics.

For reference: Pakhmutova N. Differential object marking in Ibero-Romance languages: Explanatory models in domestic and Russian educational literature. Rhema. Рема. 2019. No. 2. Pp. 61–76.

Russian State University for the Humanities;
Institute of Linguistics, Russian Academy of Sciences
The paper outlines the unprecedentedly rich system of simple (one-word), double and triple reflexive pronouns in the Khwarshi language of the East Caucasian (or Nakh-Dagestanian) language family. The pronouns are formed on the base of a pronominal stem, sometimes with the intensifier particle. The reflexive pronouns show little difference in their distribution: they are all local and apparently lack orientation motivated by syntactic asymmetries.

Key words: East Caucasian languages, reflexive pronouns, anaphors, reflexivity, binding domain, subject orientation, typology of anaphora.

For reference: Testelets Ya.G. A language for Guinness World Records: Fifteen (or more?) reflexive pronouns in Khwarshi. Rhema. Рема. 2019. No. 2. Pp. 77–99.

Lomonosov Moscow State University
This article discusses the possibilities of using linguistic information in CAPT-systems. Information about the user's native language allows to partially predict the pronunciation errors that he or she will make in the target language. This data can be used in phonetic simulators to improve error localization at the level of phonemes. In the first part of the article we summarize the results of two experiments in which we conducted an acoustic contrastive analysis of the Russian and German vowel subsystems and predicted three pronunciation error types that Russian speakers are most likely to make in their German speech. The second part of the article discusses the possibilities of correcting typical pronunciation errors by means of special exercises.

Key words: contrastive analysis, second-language acquisition, CAPT-systems, Russian, German.

For reference: Cherepanova O., Linguistic support of CAPT-systems: Prediction of pronunciation errors and creation of exercises. Rhema. Рема. 2019. No. 2. Pp. 100–117.

National Research University «Higher School of Economics»
This article looks at the process of assessing L2 student writing and providing written corrective feedback as a part of language teachers’ professional and communicative competences. The author suggests a model of designing a special training module for pre-service teachers aimed at the development of corresponding professional reading and writing skills, as well as the analysis of the results of its approbation.

Key words: teachers’ feedback, assessment for learning, language teachers’ professional training, professional communicative competence, English for Specific Purposes.

For reference: Ershova T. A model of developing language teachers’ professional communicative skills of providing written teacher feedback. Rhema. Рема. 2019. No. 2. Pp. 118–135.


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Samara State Technical University
The article deals with realization of metaphor, which is regarded as a mechanism of constructing fantastic images and plots. The realization destroys the typical conventionality of incompatible properties combination in a metaphor and turns a mental projection into a piece of the objective reality. The possibilities of this method in fantastic literature are exemplified by R. Bradbury’s short stories, where the realization of metaphors functions as an element of a linguistic game, as a mechanism of images construction, and as an original plot device.

Key words: realization of metaphor, metaphor, fantastic fiction, fantastic image, R. Bradbury.

For reference: Gridneva N. The literalization of metaphor in the artistic language of fiction (using the example of R. Bradbury's stories). Rhema. Рема. 2019. No. 1. Pp. 9–19.

V.V. Vinogradov Russian Language Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences,
The paper offers the textual associative field reconstruction method using the “Dostoyevsky Language Dictionary” . The logic of modelling the textual associative field of spatial border is applied to the Dictionary’s data. The idioglosses described in the paper are included in the same symbolic paradigm so the more detailed symbolic meaning description is possible by comparing the contexts of their use. Besides, the comparison of “Dostoyevsky Language Dictionary” and “Russian Associative Dictionary” data allows finding some peculiarities of the words with the spatial border meaning functioning in Russian linguistic world-image.

Key words: Dostoyevsky language dictionary, textual associative field, idioglossa, associative links.

For reference:Konkina N. Associative text field of spatial limit (on the material of the “Dostoevsky Language Dictionary”). Rhema. Рема. 2019. No. 1. Pp. 20–35.

Pushkin Leningrad State University
The article examines the question of pagan evidences in the texts of Anglo-Saxon and Slavic spells. Spell as a genre of magical folklore has its own peculiarities, due to the syncretism of the pagan mind-set as a reflection of ancient people's perception of the ancient world by an ancient person that caused the emergence of spells in the culture of various ethnic groups. In the course of the development of this genre, the changes in the representation of the characters took place under the influence of Christianization, that was reflected in the texts of the spells.

Key words: magic folklore, spell, syncretism, Anglo-Saxon spells, Slavic spells, paganism, Christianity.

For reference: Prosyannikova O., Skorik K. Pagan characters in the Anglo-Saxon and Slavic texts of spell. Rhema. Рема. 2019. No. 1. Pp. 36–47.

Lomonosov Moscow State University
The article discusses the phenomenon of the ineffability of semantic valencies of the verbs with the meaning of liquidation of a result (liquidatives). The author gives theoretical information about different types of the failure to express linguistically semantic valencies. In the article one Russian verb from the semantic group of liquidatives – the verb rasstegnut ’ (to unbutton) – is analysed. Regularly it is used as an example of a verb possessing an inexpressible valency. Basing on the analysis of semantic and syntactic features of this verb in different contexts the author differentiates two meanings of rasstegnut ’ and examines their government patterns. It has been found out that the liquidative rasstegnut’ in all its meanings does not have any inexpressible semantic valency.

Key words: valency, ineffability of semantic valencies, liquidatives, polysemy, government pattern, diathesis.

For reference: Mukhachyova I. Semantic valencies of the verb rasstegnut’ (to unbutton) and ineffability of semantic valencies. Rhema. Рема. 2019. No. 1. Pp. 48–64.

Emperor Alexander I St. Petersburg State Transport University
In the XXI century, developments in computer technology and changes in lifestyle concepts require new names. Abbreviation remains to be one of the productive models to coin new words. This study investigates several modern theories of word formation in relation to abbreviations, acronyms and alphabetism. The aim of this article is to investigate the formation of newly coined abbreviations registered by the Oxford English Dictionary in the period of 2000 – 2016 and to categorize the spheres of knowledge to which they belong.

Key words: neologisms, word-formation, abbreviations, acronyms, Oxford English Dictionary Online.

For reference: Polukhina P. Social and cultural concepts in abbreviations and acronyms of the English language of the XXI century. Rhema. Рема. 2019. No. 1. Pp. 65–78.

1Santa Clara University, 2Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
Research in conflict discourse specifics shows that one of the vital issues is the role of prosody in conflict communication. Since we regard prosody as a contextualization key, we find it relevant to focus on prosodic markers of open and hidden conflict. This article deals with the results of conflict political discourse acoustic analysis. The research corpus comprises samples of debates in the British Parliament viewed as conflict discourse. At computer-based stage of research we used Speech Analyzer application v. 3.0.1.

Key words: open/hidden conflict, opposition, prosodic contrasting, prosodic marker, terminal tone, tempo.

For reference: Seiranian M. Prosodic implementation of the open and hidden conflict in political discourse. Rhema. Рема. 2019. No. 1. Pp. 79–92.

Pushkin State Russian Language Institute
The article deals with the methodical potential of the corpus in the field of the student research work organization. The paper presents the exercises that can be used in the practice of teaching Russian language, literature and other philological disciplines. The exercises are aimed at analyzing phenomena of polysemy, neologisms, colloquial speech, title of the works, literary imagery, intertextuality. Each exercise is accompanied by the search description and methodological commentary of the teacher's actions and student’s results. The source for most of the exercises was the Russian National Corpus. One of the exercises is based on the sound speech corpus “Funny Life Stories”.

Key words: Russian language teaching, literature teaching, corpus, Russian National Corpus, electronic educational resources.

For reference: Paramonova M,, Olkhovskaya A. Corpus in teaching Russian language and literature. Rhema. Рема. 2019. No. 1. Pp. 93–123.



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1Lomonosov Moscow State University, 2Institute of Oriental Studies, RAS, 3Pushkin State Russian Language Institute, 4Moscow Pedagogical State University
The paper discusses major theoretical issues concerning the adjectival category in both intralinguistic and crosslinguistic aspects. The basic semantic oppositions in the system of property-denoting lexical items are revealed; grammatical categories characteristic for adjectives are identified, generalizations on the syntactic distribution of adjectives are drawn. Special attention is paid to the issue of the structural position of adjectives and adjectival phrases within nominals.

Key words: adjectives, syntactic category, semantic taxonomy, attributive position, predicative position, attributivization, comparative.

For reference: P. Grashchenkov P., Lyutikova E. Adjectives in typology and linguistic theory: Semantics, distribution, derivation. Rhema. Рема. 2018. No. 4. Pp. 9–33.

National Institute for Oriental Languages and Civilizations, French National Centre for Scientific Research, St. Petersburg University
Separable adjectives represent a morphosyntactic subcategory of the part of speech of adjectives in Bambara (< Manding < Mande < Niger-Congo, Mali, West Africa). A separable adjective is a compound lexeme consisting of a noun root designating most often a body part, a qualitative verb root and a connector -la- ~ -lan- or -ma- ~ -man-. When used predicatively, the final component of a separable adjective (the qualitative verb root) is split from the rest of the form by the auxiliary word ka or man. Separable adjectives express mainly human qualities (moral or physical), and their semantics are very often idiomatic. The productivity of this subclass is limited.
In order to establish an inventory of the separable adjectives, two approaches have been followed: elicitation and a search in the Bambara Reference Corpus (which included roughly 4,110,000 words at the time of this study). The potentially imaginable number of lexemes of this type equals 570 (15 noun roots × 19 qualitative verb roots × 2 connectors). Elicitation provided 75 separable adjectives, and the corpus study, 25, 3 of which are absent from the elicitated list.
This experiment proves that in studies of derivative morphology, when a linguist needs to fill out a matrix, elicitation cannot simply be replaced by a corpus study. On the other hand, the corpus data provides invaluable supplementary data that cannot be obtained through elicitation.

Key words: elicitation, corpus study, adjective, qualitative verbs, Bambara, Mande languages.

For reference: Vydrin V. Where corpus methods hit their limits: The case of separable adjectives in Bambara. Rhema. Рема. 2018. No. 4. Pp. 34–49.

1Lomonosov Moscow State University, 2Moscow Pedagogical State University, 3Pushkin State Russian Language Institute
This paper addresses the issue of case variation in Russian paucal constructions. Previous studies claim that the choice of the case marking on the adjectival constituent depends on the syntactic category of the paucal construction. Using experimental data we show that the distribution of case marking strategies differs for paucal constructions in the quantificational position, where it does not receive structural case, and in the argumental position, where it receives case and agrees with the predicate. Although the experimental data support the hypothesis about the variable status of Russian noun phrase, it also shows the absence of the one-to-one correspondence between case marking and structural context: in particular, in quantificational positions both cases are acceptable.

Key words: case marking, agreement, adjectives, substantivized adjectives, paucal constructions, variation, linguistic experiment, Russian.

For reference: Gerasimova A., Lyutikova E. Agreeing and substantivized adjectives in Russian paucal constructions: An experimental study. Rhema. Рема. 2018. No. 4. Pp. 50–71.

Lomonosov Moscow State University, 2Institute of Oriental Studies, RAS, 3Pushkin State Russian Language Institute
The paper discusses ordering of different semantic classes of attributive adjectives and possible implications for the syntactic hierarchy based of the (non-)observed linearization. Two corpus-driven studies are presented: the first one considers Russian, the second one deals with the complex corpus, consisting of Old Church Slavonic and Old Russian texts from XI to XVII centuries. Although quantitative analysis shows the tendency towards ordering of attributive adjective, this tendency is not strong and regular enough. The paper concludes that attributive adjectives can be hardly viewed as representing syntactically ordered functional structure and soon argue in favor of attributive adjunction.

Key words: noun phrase structure, attributive adjectives, semantic classes, Russian, diachrony, syntactic typology.

For reference: Grashchenkov P., Kurianova O. The order of attributive adjectives in the history of Russian and the position of adjectives in the noun phrase. Rhema. Рема. 2018. No. 4. Pp. 72–108.

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M. Cheremisinova1, Yu. Lander1, 2
1National Research University Higher School of Economics, 2Institute of Oriental Studies, RAS
The paper presents a cross-linguistic investigation into specific characteristics of the expressions translated as ‘other’. We discuss the appearance of ‘other’ expressions at a periphery of nominal phrases or before nouns in right-branching languages, their occasional incompatibility with determiners and certain peculiarities in the expression of number. The features discussed suggest that ‘other’ expressions are in many respects similar to determiners, even though they should not necessarily be treated as such.

Key words: determiners, adjectives, word order, number.

For reference: Cheremisinova M., Lander Yu. ‘Other’: typological observations. Rhema. Рема. 2018. No. 4. Pp. 109–124.

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A. Pereltsvaig1, O. Kagan2
1Santa Clara University, 2Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
This paper investigates the syntax and semantics of modifying/attributive adjectives in Russian, a language lacking articles but having complex patterns of case marking and agreement within a noun phrase. It has been claimed in the literature that due to its lack of articles, Russian has a completely different internal structure for noun phrases than in languages with articles. In this paper we argue against that claim and propose that there are six layers of functional structure within a noun phrase which modifying adjectives can occupy.

Key words: noun phrases, attributive adjectives, modification, case marking, agreement, semantics.

For reference: Pereltsvaig A., Kagan O. Adjectives in layers. Rhema. Рема. 2018. No. 4. Pp. 125–165.

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M. Chumakina
University of Surrey
In this paper I discuss attributive in Archi (Nakh-Daghestanian). Archi lacks an independent category of adjective and uses attributives instead. Attributives in Archi belong to a transpositional mixed category that can be formed from any of the four main parts of speech: nouns, verbs, ad verbs and postpositions. Based on a detailed analysis of their syntactic and morphological properties, I demonstrated that Archi attributives retain some of the morphosyntactic characteristics of their base category, whilst simultaneously having morphological and syntactic characteristics shared across transposed forms. At the same time, it can be shown that Archi attributives have a unique distribution and agreement pattern that is clearly distinct from any other lexical class. All these make Archi attributive simultaneously possess both morphological and syntactic characteristics of two syntactic categories.

Key words: Nakh-Daghestanian languages, Archi language, morphosyntaсtic features, mixed categories, adjective.

For reference: Chumakina M. Attributive in Archi. Rhema. Рема. 2018. No. 4. Pp. 166–189.

Moscow Pedagogical State University
History of literary criticism of various nations of Russia in the 19th century is many-sided and is important both for further development of literature and for the process of mutual enrichment, addition of literatures and literary studies. A special place in this context belongs to the Kazan province which has always been characterized by ethnic diversity an multinational structure and to the University of Kazan which is the acknowledged center for studying traditional ways of life, folklore and literature of the Volga region. In the formation of literary criticism and the development of literature of the Volga region in general and Chuvash literature in particular, the activities of the Chuvash writers, actors, artists, composers (I. Yurkin, G. Timofeev, M. Akimov, K. Ivanov, N. Shubossinni, M. Trubina, F. Pavlov, P. Pazukhin, etc.) and researchers (A.A. Fuchs, V.A. Sboev, S.M. Mikhailov, P. Malkhov, I.Ya. Yakovlev, N.M. Ashmarin, etc.) are of special importance.

Key words: literature of the peoples of Russia, the Volga region, Chuvash literature, folklore, poetics, folk culture, tradition.

For reference: Abasheva D., Sigov V., Sharyafetdinov R. Formation and development of the Chuvash folklore studies and literary criticism of the 19th century Rhema. Рема. 2018. No. 4. Pp. 190–203.


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Institute of Oriental Studies, RAS; School of Linguistics, National Research University “Higher School of Economics”
This small article is an addition to the commentaries included in the first volume of the two volume edition of rhymes and poems by Georgy Shengeli published in 2017. We show that the quatrain “Старый доктор в обветшалой тоге...” (“The old doctor in the decrepit toga...”) written in August 1943, which the compiler of the volume regards as unfinished, is in a fact a quite holistic extempore rhyme – the remake of a final strophe of Nikolay Gumilyov's rhyme “Bologna”. We bring forward the hypothesis that the first line of the Shengeli's quatrain contains an allusion to the first line of another Gumilyov's rhyme – “The spell” and we examine the connection between this quatrain and the rhyme “В шаге легком и упругом...” (“In the light and springy stride...”) written a month and a half later.

Key words: Georgy Shengeli's poetry, Nikolay Gumilyov's poetry, reminiscentia.

For reference: Itkin I.B. “The old doctor in a decrepit toga...”: оn an “unfinished” poem of Georgy Shengeli. Rhema. Рема. 2018. No. 3. Pp. 9–14.

Moscow Pedagogical State University
In contrast to Tolstoy’s fiction, his epistolary has not been studied enough. This article deals with Lev Tolstoy’s correspondence with one of his permanent correspondents – a notable literary critic, philosopher and journalist Nikolai Strakhov. An exchange of letters between them, which lasted a quarter of a century, throws new light on many aspects of Tolstoy’s intellectual and creative activity. In this article, their correspondence is considered as an intellectual epistolary novel sui generis.

Key words: Lev Tolstoy, Nikolai Strakhov, Fedor Dostoevsky, epistolary writing.

For reference: Nikolaeva E.V. Correspondence of L.N. Tolstoy and N.N. Strakhov Rhema. Рема. 2018. No. 3. Pp. 15–38.

I.N. Ulyanov Chuvash State University
The article is devoted to the particulars of the poetic genre of ruba‘i in literatures of the Volga region. The subject of an analysis are the poems of the Tatar poet R. Fayzullin, and the Chuvash poet V. Endip. Both authors combine the traditions of Eastern poetry and those of their national literatures and folklore. A similarity between the poetics of both authors is predetermined by their interest in the traditions of Arabic and Japanese poetry.

Key words: literatures of the Volga region, R. Faizullin, V. Endip, ruba‘i, traditions of Japanese poetry.

For reference: Sofronova I.V. Poetic features of the quatrains in the literature of the peoples of the Volga region. Rhema. Рема. 2018. No. 3. Pp. 39–48.

Institute of Oriental Studies, RAS
The paper considers the use of single participles and participial clauses in the corpus of oral stories in Evenki. Their use as head noun modifiers and as sentential complements are illustrated. The formal analysis for participial clauses in terms of generative grammar is proposed.

Key words: participle, syntax, modifier, relative clause, complement clause, formal analysis, Evenki.

For reference: Rudnitskaya E.L. Special features of participles in modern oral Evenki (based on the corpus of oral stories from 2005–2011). Rhema. Рема. 2018. No. 3. Pp. 49–68.

Military University of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation
This article investigates some functions of regional dialects in modern society. In the focus of this study is the description of features of the native speaker’s speech in official situations. The aim of the study is to describe some features of speech communication among native speakers in Swabia in official situations. The research has been carried out by the method of discourse analysis of directly observed texts. As a result of the study of some features of Swabian regional dialect implementation in official area new social functions of regional dialects have been discovered. They include expression of emotions, drawing attention and regulation of the communicative distance. The results of the study may be useful for sociolinguistics as a description of the territorial dialect functioning in the society.

Key words: dialect, functioning of dialects, the social-groups-dialects theory, sociofunctional model of a dialect.

For reference: Saharusov A.N. On functional characteristics of Swabian regional dialect in the official area. Rhema. Рема. 2018. No. 3. Pp. 69–87.

Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow Pedagogical State University
The paper explores semantic characteristics of verbal stems in Tundra Nenets that can take different stem-final vowels. I argue that the distribution of these vowels and interpretational effects they induce are best accounted for under an analysis that treats them as phonological signatures of different event structural configurations.

Key words: event structure, states, activities, accomplishments, Tundra Nenets.

For reference: Tatevosov S.G. Event-structural morphology in Tundra Nenets. Rhema. Рема. 2018. No. 3. Pp. 88–118.

Lomonosov Moscow State University
This article is a review of a contrastive phonetic analysis of German and Russian tongue twisters. The aim of the survey was to examine in which way tongue twisters reflect peculiarities of a language sound system and whether it is efficient to turn to tongue twisters while improving foreign language pronunciation, e.g. to use them in computer-aided pronunciation training systems.

Key words: phonetics, German language, contrastive analysis, tongue twisters, pronunciation errors, second-language acquisition.

For reference: Cherepanova O.D. Contrastive phonetic analysis of Russian and German tongue twisters. Rhema. Рема. 2018. No. 3. Pp. 119–135.

Moscow Region State University
The subject of the present article is overcoming phonetic interference. The main goal of the paper is to analyze and illustrate how the phonological systems of Russian and Northwest Caucasian languages distinguish, and then develop the strategy of lessening and avoiding mother tongue interference in pronunciation of Russian sounds. The paper examines approaches that help the teacher make the process of teaching and learning Russian as a second language (RSL) more productive and efficient for L2 students. This review focuses on using general language teaching methods and techniques based on innovations, such as visual means of learning that allow the elimination of interference on phonological level.

Key words: phonetic interference, contact language, second language (L2), accent, consonantism, vocalism, phonemic awareness, visualization.

For reference: Kazanskaya N.V. General problems of teaching phonetics of the Russian language to Northwest Caucasian students: Overcoming and eliminating phonetic interference in the bilingual education conditions. Rhema. Рема. 2018. No. 3. Pp. 136–151.


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Saint-Petersburg State Academy of Veterinary Medicine
The article discusses a simile in Valerius Flaccus’ “Argonautica” (VIII, 27–31), which is connected with the myth of Endymion and the Moon. The author reveals lexical parallels and situational similarities with other texts, specifies the features that are common for the tenor and the vehicle of the simile, and establishes what is its tertium comparationis. The author also analyzes the verse lines (A. R. IV, 57–61; Verg. A. I, 498–504), which served as the literary sources for both the content and the form of the simile under discussion.

Key words: epic, Roman literature, Valerius Flaccus, “Argonautica”, similes in Roman literature.

For reference: Kotova A.V. On the sources of a simile in Valerius Flaccus’ “Argonautica” (VIII, 27–31). Rhema. Рема. 2018. No. 2. Pp. 9–15.

Branch of Bryansk State Academician I.G. Petrovski University in Novozybkov
The article systematically considers the proper names from the lyrical and lyric-epic works of the prominent Russian author Alexei K. Tolstoy (1817–1875). The functioning of the poetonyms is analyzed in respect to their paradigmatic and syntagmatic aspects. As a result, the functional features of the poetonymosphere of the names used by Tolstoy are identified, as well as the role and significance of the poetonymosphere in his satirical, humorous, and medical poems, juvenilia, ballads, epic songs, parables, odes, fables, narrative poems, poetic billets, etc. The following important categories of poetic speech are revealed: the aesthetic function of words, the author’s individual semantic-stylistic system and the particulars of word usage, the meaning of the word in poetry.

Key words: A.K. Tolstoy, poetonymosphere, proper names in the poetic text, lyrical and liro-epic works, paradigmatic and syntagmatic aspects.

For reference: Pronchenko S.M. Proper names in the poetic system of Count A.K. Tolstoy: paradigmatic and syntagmatic aspects Rhema. Рема. 2018. No. 2. Pp. 16–38.

Voronezh State University
The article discusses the poetics of time in Ivan Turgenev’s short novel titled “Andrei Kolosov” and is focused on the temporal organization of the text and its connection with characterology. The author establishes the plot-forming role of the poetics of time and considers the concepts that are fundamental to the subject of research. The role of two time axes – “the time of the narrative” and “the time of the plot” – is highlighted. And also our objective is to explain the time gap, which is largely determined by the weak position of the narrator.

Key words: Turgenev, Andrei Kolosov, time, short novel, poetics, narrative, characterology in short novels of I.S. Turgenev.

For reference: Ternika A. The poetics of time in Turgenev’s «Andrei Kolosov». Rhema. Рема. 2018. No. 2. Pp. 39–47.

Lomonosov Moscow State University
The role of case in noun processing remains one of the unsolved issues in the visual word recognition literature. For instance, it is disputed whether different case forms have equal processing cost. The present work focuses on the processing of Russian nominal inflection. The goal is to assess how joint factors such as case, ambiguity and context affect visual recognition of nouns in the singular form. Here we explore the early stages of word identification using the progressive demasking task. Progressive demasking reveals comparable results to the lexical decision task, supporting the idea that case processing differences are general and not task-specific.

Key words: visual word recognition, morphological processing, progressive demasking task, Russian inflection, case, ambiguity.

For reference: Vasilyeva M.D. Progressive demasking task as a method to study visual word recognition: the case of inflected nouns. Rhema. Рема. 2018. No. 2. Pp. 48–61.

University of Pavia
In this paper I analyze how time is framed in New Year Addresses by the Russian President V.V. Putin during his three terms in office. The analysis of key words (KWIC) such as prošloe ‘past’ and buduščee ‘future’, of past and future verb forms and of the contexts in which they occur make it possible to understand how the past and the future are conceptualized in discourse.

Key words: political discourse, frame, past, future, Russian.

For reference: Pinelli E. Presentation of the past and the future in New Year’s addresses: on the data of V. Putin’s speeches. Rhema. Рема. 2018. No. 2. Pp. 62–83.

Institute of Linguistics, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow Pedagogical State University
Finite asyndetic complement clauses present an interesting phenomenon to the theoretical and typological works, considering that they allow a number of different interpretations: a parenthetical clause (Eto interesnyj, ya dumayu, vopros, lit. ‘This is an interesting, I think, question’), a complement clause (Ya-to, durak, dumal, segodnya vyhodnoj, lit. ‘I, as a fool, thought there is a holiday today’) or a direct speech construction (On dumal: «Kto zhe na menya napal?», ‘He was thinking: «Who assaulted me then?»’). The paper is devoted to the direct speech construction with the verb dumat’ ‘think’ in Russian. First, I show that the clause that conveys the matter of thought actually has all the properties of the direct speech constructions in Russian, see the list of the direct speech properties in works. Second, I argue that the direct speech construction with dumat’ (almost) does not show clause reduction, as it happens with the asyndetic constructions of supposition. Namely, the direct speech construction with dumat’ can have common nouns as subject of thought, the matrix clause can host adverbials, converbal clauses, epistemic expressions and main clause phenomena. All these properties are attested with both initial, medial and final clauses with dumat’ (i.e. irrespective of the linear position of the matrix clause to the dependent clause).

Key words: complementation, complement clauses, clausal arguments, asyndetic subordination, citation, direct speech, main clause phenomena.

For reference: Serdobolskaya N.V. Direct quotation construction with the verb dumat’ (‘think’) in Russian. Rhema. Рема. 2018. No. 2. Pp. 84–111.

Lomonosov Moscow State University
The article looks at the notion of ‘feedback’ in education, psychology and linguistics. Giving a historical overview of feedback-related studies in Russia and abroad, the author focuses on the interpretation of this notion in psychology and linguistics, as well as the dual nature of its understanding in education. The article also defines the role of feedback in the assessment process, gives an extended typology of feedback and provides methodological recommendations on giving feedback.

Key words: teacher’s feedback, academic feedback, assessment for learning, motivation, pedagogical communication.

For reference: Korenev A.A. Feedback in learning, teaching and educational communication. Rhema. Рема. 2018. No. 2. Pp. 112–127.


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Moscow Pedagogical State University
This article discusses the poetics of colour writing in Kazuo Ishiguro’s novel “The Buried Giant”. The analysis shows that the novel is marked with the scarcity of colours and the colourlessness of descriptions, which is also typical for other works of this author. The basic “colouronyms” used by the author are grey, green and the one which is featured in the final episode of the novel – red. The fiery spots such as a sunset, a candle, fire or a fireplace are especially highlighted on the achromatic background. Moreover, the “chiaroscuro” techniques and the transitional time of day (dawn and sunset) play a significant role in the novel’s structure.

Key words: colorlessness in literature, monochromaticism in literature, colouronyms, the "cut-off" characteristic in the modern literature, images of a candle, images of a moon in the modern literature, images of a shadow in the modern literature, images of a light in the modern literature, Kazuo Ishiguro, "The Buried Giant".

For reference: Nesterenko Yu.S. The poetics of colour writing in Kazuo Ishiguro’s novel “The Buried giant”. Rhema. Рема. 2018. No. 1. Pp. 9–18.

Komsomolsk-on-Amur State University
The article considers the specifics of addressing the issue of correlating the truth of art and the truth of life in the works of Viktor Sosnora and Joseph Brodsky. It defines a set of significant intertextual links between “Extravaganza” and “Homage to Yalta”. It shows that the text “Homage to Yalta” is focused on “Extravaganza” in its multi-level art organization. A conclusion is made about the difference in the aesthetic positions of the two poets with these distinctions revealed.

Key words: Victor Sosnora, Joseph Brodsky, “Extravaganza”, “Homage to Yalta”, intertextuality.

For reference: Shuneyko А.А., Chibisova О.V. “Two voices conversing aloud” (Victor Sosnora and Joseph Brodsky). Rhema. Рема. 2018. No. 1. Pp. 19–27.

Russian State University for the Humanities
The paper describes mechanisms generating Old English poetic discourse from the point of view of finite and non-finite clauses building the narration in the poem “Widsith” and constituting the poetic line. The two-member “telling” proper names are regarded as structural-semantic models generating finite/non-finite clauses as well as determining their succession in the text. Non-finite clauses are considered to be the primary stage of transformation of the noun into the narration while the finite clauses are viewed as its secondary stage. The significance of semantically “complete” and “non-complete” (link) verbs for the process of ‘unfolding’ the nouns into the narration as well as the role of epic “formulas” (based on the heroic epic motives and themes) and the dependence of finite clauses upon the semantic potential of the generating nouns are discussed.

Key words: finite and non-finite clauses, proper nouns, alliterative verse, Old English poetic discourse, epic narration, “Widsith”.

For reference: Gvozdetskaya N.Yu. Finite and non-finite clauses with proper nouns in Old English poetic discourse. Rhema. Рема. 2018. No. 1. Pp. 28–45.

Moscow Pedagogical State University
The article is devoted to exploring the functional aspect of euphemistic utterance in the framework of English dialogue communication. In the focus are pragmatic and interactional properties of the mentioned predicative unit, realized in its structural variability. Some topicality of the research is connected with viewing the euphemistic utterance as a specific indirect speech act, used to establish a communicative strategy for achieving pragmatic intentions in actual verbal communication, namely a defense strategy, or a manipulation strategy.

Key words: euphemistic utterance, dialogue communication, indirect speech act, communicative strategy, a defense strategy, a manipulation strategy.

For reference: Kvaskova L.V. Euphemistic utterance as a factor of realizing a communicative strategy in English dialogue. Rhema. Рема. 2018. No. 1. Pp. 46–61.

Instituto Politécnico Nacional
For the Authorship Attribution (AA) task, some categories of character n-grams are more predictive than others, both under single- and cross-topic AA conditions. Taking into account the good performance of character n-grams, in this paper, we examine different features: various types of syllable n-grams as features (for single- and cross-topic AA in the English and Spanish languages). We show that the use of syllable n-grams is usually better than bag-of-words baseline and it overcomes the results obtained using character n-grams in one dataset of three (by 6%), on the other two corpora the difference in results is not favorable, but it is relatively small (2%).

Key words: computational linguistics, machine learning, authorship attribution, stylometry, feature selection, syllables.

For reference: Sidorov G.О. Automatic authorship attribution using syllables as classification features. Rhema. Рема. 2018. No. 1. Pp. 62–81.

V.V. Vinogradov Russian Language Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow Pedagogical State University
The paper deals with the relationship between the Russian particle bylo and the information structure of the Russian clause. Not only the linear position of bylo within a given clause is semantically motivated, but the presence itself of the particle depends on whether its verbal scope is focalized. The phenomenon is related to the semantics of the particle and is discussed also in typological and diachronic contexts.

Key words: bylo, informational structure, focus, pluperfect, word order.

For reference: Sitchinava D.V. The Russian particle bylo: word order, semantics and information structure of a clause. Rhema. Рема. 2018. No. 1. Pp. 82–101.

Lomonosov Moscow State University
The article researches the problem of compilation of linguacultural minimum (LcM) for foreign students-phylologists with an advanced level of Russian as a foreign language. The classification of cognitive units (lexical units including backgroud component of meaning) included in LcM on the basis of their relevance in language teaching, i.e. their ability to become units of learning, which consists of their cognitive and communicative relevance to the Russian national linguistic worldview. The criteria and experimental methods of selction of communicatively relevant units in Russian fairy tales based on their relevance to teaching are introduced and tested on the material of Russian fairy tales as a special type of precedent texts. The analysis is based on one specific type of reference to these precedent texts – Russian fairy tales onims, which are performing symbolic, expressive, and estimative functions. The article describes the phases of the survey on the common Russian fairy tale onims among Russian native speakers, with the aim to assess cognitive and communicative relevance of these units. Some examples of tasks based on such onims’ functioning in spoken and written languages are presented in the article. The results of the surveys are summarized in the list of cognitive units which should be included in LcM on the advanced level of study of Russian as a foreign language.

Key words: linguocultural competence, linguocultural minimum, bilingual personality, linguamethodical relevance, precedent text.

For reference: Ermakova M.A. Experimental potential of identification of communicatively significant units in Russian fairy tales. Rhema. Рема. 2018. No. 1. Pp. 102–115.



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E.A. Lyutikova, S.G. Tatevosov
Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow State University of Education
The paper aims at achieving two related goals: to offer summarizing remarks to the Second Formal Approaches to Russian Linguistics conference and to provide the current issue of Rhema with an introduction to formal description of Russian. After a brief overview of the history of formal linguistics in Russia and critical reflections on the state of the art, we present eight contributions that address various research topics in syntax, semantics and phonology of Russian.

Key words: formal linguistics, syntax, semantics, phonology, Russian.

For reference: Lyutikova E.A., Tatevosov S.G. Russian studies and formal linguistics. Rhema. Рема. 2017. No. 4. Pp. 9–22.


M. Ambar, M. Dimitrova, D. Amaral
University of Lisbon
The goal of the paper is to examine the intriguing behavior of the subjunctive mood in matrix and embedded clauses. Relying on recent studies on tense-features valuation, we will first discuss some well-known properties of this mood namely tense dependency, event and obviation effects. Then we will turn to crosslinguistic variation focusing on the way three groups of languages, namely Romance, Slavic and Balkan, codify subjunctive. Special attention will be paid to the selection of subjunctive in main clauses and to some discrepancies displayed by the languages under scrutiny.

Key words: subjunctive mood, tense-valuation, evaluation.

For reference: Ambar M., Dimitrova M., Amaral D. A crosslinguistic puzzle for Subjunctive. Rhema. Рема. 2017. No. 4. Pp. 23–37.

University of Tokyo, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science
This paper discusses palatalisation conditioned by morphological processes in Russian loanwords. In this lexical class, unlike in the native phonology, palatalisation of consonants preceding front vowels can be avoided. When loanwords undergo native-like inflectional or derivational processes, however, root-/stem-final consonants cannot remain non-palatalized. For this reason, this paper suggests that it is necessary to consider syllable structure in order to completely account for sound patterns in loanwords: it is important whether the nuclei originates from a foreign morpheme. In other words, syllable head also plays a key role in loanword phonology.

Key words: Russian linguistics, phonology, palatalisation, loanwords, Optimality Theory.

For reference: Watabe N. Morphologically conditioned palatalization in Russian loanwords. Rhema. Рема. 2017. No. 4. Pp. 38–49.

Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow State University of Education
This paper addresses the issue of gender mismatch in Russian. I discuss mixed agreement patterns in Russian nominal phrases and evaluate different approaches to their analysis. Using experimental data I estimate the current distribution of gender mismatch patterns for both attributive and predicate agreement. I compare recent data with statistical studies from mid-twentieth century and then discuss possible interpretations of the change in distribution of the patterns. In particular, I show that the phenomenon of gender mismatch in Russian correlates with the referential domain in the syntactic structure. New empirical evidence presented in the paper provides both synchronic and diachronic estimation of gender mismatch frequency in Russian.

Key words: gender mismatch, mixed agreement, noun phrase, DP, referential domain, Russian.

For reference: Gerasimova A.A. Gender mismatch in Russian: quantitative study. Rhema. Рема. 2017. No. 4. Pp. 50–60.

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
The present paper investigates the degree item čut' in Russian, which can be tentatively translated as ‘slightly’ or ‘a bit’. Its properties are of interest because it can appear in a range of different domains. We show that it can be found in the AP, VP, AspP and NegP areas. We argue that in all these domains, čut' makes the same semantic contribution. Specifically, it applies to a predicate that has a degree argument as part of its semantics and contributes the entailment that this degree slightly exceeds the standard of comparison on the relevant scale. When combined with negated VPs, čut' applies to a likelihood scale, which results in a reading comparable to that of the counterfactual almost.

Key words: formal linguistics, semantics, scalarity, degree modification, čut', slightly.

For reference: Kagan O., Wolf L. Toward a uniform account of the degree modifier čut'. Rhema. Рема. 2017. No. 4. Pp. 61–77.

Saint Petersburg State University, Higher School of Economics – Saint Petersburg, Moscow State University of Education
This paper argues for a general DP-shell analysis of clausal complements in Russian. It is proposed that clausal complements are licensed by a null P in Caseless positions. The argument is based on an agentivity restriction on čto- and čtoby-clauses. Experimental evidence is presented that makes use of the factorial definition of the agentivity restriction. Two alternative accounts – in terms of a partial DP-shell and semantic coercion – are discussed. It is shown that the experimental results favor the null P account over the alternatives.

Key words: clausal complements, animacy restriction, null preposition, Case, experimental methods.

For reference: Knyazev M. A general DP-shell analysis of clausal complements: Experimental evidence from the agentivity restriction on Russian čto- and čtoby-сlauses. Rhema. Рема. 2017. No. 4. Pp. 78–94.

Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science
Russian event nominals can be divided into three types depending on θ-roles of postnominal genitives. The aim of this paper is to try to provide principled explanation for a restriction on θ-roles of postnominal genitives in event nominal phrases as a syntactic problem. This kind of restriction is thought to result from argument structures of event nominals and these phenomena have been dealt with as a lexical problem. In this paper we propose different syntactic structures for three types of event nominals which can explain restrictions on θ-roles under the frameworks of Distributed Morphology and phase theory.

Key words: event nominal, genitive, θ-role, NP, DP, phase, Distributed Morphology, Russian.

For reference: Miyauchi T. Phase theory and θ-roles of postnominal genitives in Russian event nominal phrases. Rhema. Рема. 2017. No. 4. Pp. 95–107.

Independent researcher
Eventive nominalizations and gerunds in languages such as English are typically analyzed as verbal structures embedded under DP, but since many Slavic languages lack articles, the availability of the DP projection in those languages has been hotly disputed. Russian nominalizations have been used to mount arguments both in support of the presence of the DP and for the opposing view. As the debate about the structure of noun phrases in Russian is far from being settled, this paper re-examines whether either of the arguments for or against the DP based on nominalizations is valid.

Key words: noun phrases, nominalizations, events, DP, Russian, cross-linguistic typology.

For reference: Pereltsvaig A. Russian eventive nominalizations and universality of Determiner Phrase. Rhema. Рема. 2017. No. 4. Pp. 108–122.

Saint Petersburg State University
This paper discusses the syntax and semantics of the Russian coordinating conjunction/particle ni in the light of Mitrović’s theory of conjunction. The crucial observation is that ni, although unable to function as an additive particle (in contrast to the positive i), can occur embedded into each of the conjuncts provided that it occupies parallel positions in the conjuncts. I suggest that the lack of particle uses of ni is due to its need to check the [+NPI] feature, which can be done via the J(unction) head with the same feature. Assuming that ni is decomposable into ne ‘not’ + i, the parallelism requirement is explained if the post-syntactic lowering of ne (and possibly some preceding material, hence the embedded occurrences of ni) onto each of the conjuncts is stipulated.

Key words: coordination, negation, pied-piping, clitics, NPI, Phonological Form, Across-the-Board movement.

For reference: Tiskin D. Ni: Negative concord μ in Russian. Rhema. Рема. 2017. No. 4. Pp. 123–137.


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Krasnoyarsk State Pedagogical University named after V.P. Astafyev
The paper deals with the laws of a "happy society", which was described by A.P. Sumarokov in his utopia "Dream", written during the reign of Elizabeth. Elizabeth Petrovna is remembered as a "Gentle Empress", who imposed a moratorium on the death penalty. A.P. Sumarokov had different views on her "perfect legislation". He disputed the laws of "Gentle Elisavet" in his utopia and panegyrical writings.

Key words: ode, death penalty in the reign of Elizabeth, the Empress Elizabeth, moratorium on the death penalty, Sumarokov, utopia as a genre 18th century.

For reference: Rostovceva Ju.A. The death penalty in a «happy society»: the «gentle Elisavet» law and Sumarokov`s legalism. Rhema. Рема. 2017. No. 3. Pp. 9–20.

Moscow State University of Education
This article examines the structure of the image of Russian in the book of the French writer and diplomat Еugеne-Melchior de Vogüé (1848–1910) “Russian novel” (1886), the influence of the biographical method and the cultural-historical school on the construction of an image from Vogüé. It is proved that the filters of the representation of the "russianness" in the book was, on the one hand, “neomysticism” of Vogüé, formed in the framework of the “Catholic Renaissance” in France in the XIX–XX centuries, and on the other, “the French standard”, traditional French culture ideal of proportion and rationality. Defines the status of Vogüé in the French discourse about Russia as a writer, opposing the stereotypical notions of the Russian "barbarians", "slaves" and "Asians" complex image Russian, synthesizing both positive (mysticism, synthetism, kindness and humanity) and negative (tendency to extremes, despair, nihilism, lack of balance and rationality) features of the Russian character and worldview for the first time proposed to consider the Russian literature as a moral and aesthetic specimen, which should be oriented writers of the West. However, shown the limitations of historicism, Vogüé, his penchant for mythologizing of the “Russian soul”.

Key words: “russianess”, “Russian soul”, biographical method, cultural-historical school, “catholic revival”, “neomysticism”, “The Russian Novel” by E.-M. de Vogüé.

For reference: Trykov V.P. Constants of “russianness” and evolution of the Russian cultural consciousness in the Eugene-Melchior de Vogüé’s book “The Russian Novel”. Rhema. Рема. 2017. No. 3. Pp. 21–39.

Lomonosov Moscow State University, Institute of Linguistics, of the Russian Academy of Sciences
The Russian language has undergone typologically rare changes in its subject reference marking pattern. Namely, if Old Russian employed verbal inflection for marking subject, modern Russian does it mostly by personal pronouns. During the history verb copulas which performed the referential function in Old Russian were completely lost. The reasons and details of such a transition are of great interest. At the moment, it is established that at the earliest stage pronoun expansion and copular loss have both occurred in nominal clauses, but until now it has not been investigated how exactly these two parallel processes interacted with each other and which of them triggered the initial shift. In this article, based on a new diachronic analysis of the monuments of the 11th–17th centuries (313 relevant clauses), we will try to answer these questions.

Key words: subject reference, personal pronoun, diachronic analysis, Old Russian language, Russian language, nominal clauses.

For reference: Budennaya E. Pronoun expansion in the history of Russian: nominal clauses. Rhema. Рема. 2017. No. 3. Pp. 40–64.

Ss Cyril end Methodius University in Skopje
The paper discusses the preposition-based pattern of differential object marking in the south-western Macedonian dialects of Ohrid and Struga. The author hypothesizes that the explanation of this synchronic phenomenon should be based on pragmatic-semantic criteria. The results from the analysis indicate that the preposition na marks a direct object only if its definite and animate referent is ascribed an important communicative status in spoken discourse.

Key words: direct object, animacy, discourse prominence, Balkan languages.

For reference: Bužarovska E. The Contemporary Use of DOM in South-Western Macedonian Dialects Rhema. Рема. 2017. No. 3. Pp. 65–87.

Institute for Linguistic Studies, of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Saint Petersburg State University, Higher School of Economics – Saint Petersburg
The accentual properties of the only accentuated text in Old Souletin, that is, the New Testament according to Matthew translated by Intxauspe, are analysed in this work. Two accentual classes of morphemes have been previously described in Souletin by Hualde: marked and unmarked. Following an examination of the accentual properties of the morphemes, a third accentual class of extrametrical morphemes is postulated in this paper. Another point analysed in the paper is the origin of accentual classes in Old Souletin, both marked and extrametrical morphemes being able to have different origins.

Key words: Basque, phonology, stress, marked morphemes, unmarked morphemes, extrametrical morphemes.

For reference: Zaika N.M. Accentuation of Nouns in Old Souletin Basque. Rhema. Рема. 2017. No. 3. Pp. 88–121.

Lomonosov Moscow State University
In this paper, we analyze verbal working memory measures: Alpha Span and Speaking Span on material of Russian language. This research demonstrates significant correlation between different measures of working memory. Correlation analysis shows that methods of verbal working memory capacity assessment are reliable and can be used for analysis of relationships between working memroy capacity and verbal fluency.

Key words: psycholinguistics, working memory, Russian language, verbal fluency.

For reference: Potanina Yu.D. Comparative analysis of methods of measuring the volume of working memory for native speakers of Russian (psycholinguistic research) Rhema. Рема. 2017. No. 3. Pp. 122–137.


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Moscow State Linguistic University, Moscow Aviation Institute (National Research University)
The article considers the ambivalent image of a woman in the Victorian era on the material of the D. Mulock’s novel «Olivе». The author singles out and analyzes the accent of Victorian authors on the visual image of a woman, which is based on the binary opposition of infantility-maturity.

Key words: the Victorian era, infantilism, the image of a woman, Olivia Rothesay.

For reference: Krupenina M.I. The ambivalent image of the woman-performance in the D. Mulock’s novel «Olive». Rhema. Рема. 2017. No. 2. Pp. 9–17.

Institute of Socio-Economic Development of Territories, of the Russian Academy of Sciences
The article analyzes imagery of Norwegian fairy tales and folk legends used in Norwegian modernist poetry in the context of the poem “Now the Fairy Tales Are Hidden”, written by Gunvor Hofmo. The introductory part includes a brief biographical information about the author. The analytical part reviews imagery and plots employed in the poem, analyzes their role. A certain attention is paid to the links between the Norwegian and Russian folklore. The author analyzes the philosophical message of the poem and literary devices employed in it. The article can be of interest for researchers of Norwegian literature and Russian poetic translation as a literary genre and translators.

Key words: poetry, Hofmo, modernism, word imagery, Norwegian folklore, Russian fairy-tales.

For reference: Panov A.M. Now the fairy tales lie hidden: imagery of Norwegian fairy tales and folk legends in the eponymous poem of Gunvor Hofmo. Rhema. Рема. 2017. No. 2. Pp. 18–26.

Saint Petersburg State University
The article concerns the relevant issue of intertextuality, focusing on examples from videogames, as, despite being a phenomenon of modern mass culture, videogames have not yet been widely subjected to linguistic study. We examine the roles played by intertextual insertions from English phraseology and allusions to precedent texts – i.e. texts that are easily recognizable by speakers of the language – in the practical material of five fantasy role-playing videogames and three science fiction role-playing videogames. By studying and classifying the examples collected, we can reveal the linguistic study potential of videogames.

Key words: videogame, discourse, intertextuality, intertext, allusion, phraseological unit, precedent text, fantasy, science fiction.

For reference: Bogdanova K.V. English-language role-playing videogame discourse: the intertextual aspect. Rhema. Рема. 2017. No. 2. Pp. 27–40.

Saint Petersburg State University
The paper reviews Bulgarian complex sentences containing the subordinate clause with the conjunction bez da relating to an unaccomplished action. Grammatical and semantic properties of this construction are analysed, which are conditioned by the presence of the negation marker and the modal particle da. The paper testifies to the influence that the cumulative action of the two nonfactuality markers exerts on verbal categories of the subordinate predicate. Russian translation correspondences are detailed, and an explanation is put forward for the case when Russian adverbial participles cannot serve as equivalent of those constructions.

Key words: conjunction bez da, subordinate clause of manner, negation, nonfactuality, interaction of grammatical categories, Bulgarian, Russian.

For reference: Ivanova E.Yu. The subordinate clause of unaccomplished action in Bulgarian and its Russian parallels. Rhema. Рема. 2017. No. 2. Pp. 41–69.

Ural Federal University named after First President of Russia B.N. Yeltsin
This article reviews topical approaches dealing with the problem of accuracy of neural machine translation. Classification of these approaches is provided in two groups: structural and linguistic. Moreover, the article sheds light on the most common problems of systems with neural machine translation. Effectiveness of the methods reviewed in this article is assessed based on BLEU metrics. Conclusions about the assessment of effectiveness of these methods are given in the closing part of the article.

Key words: machine translation, neural machine translation, neural networks, BLEU metrics.

For reference: Kalinin S.M. Review of current approaches to the improvement of accuracy of neural machine translation. Rhema. Рема. 2017. No. 2. Pp. 70–79.

Lomonosov Moscow State University
The paper presents the study of adjectives and attributive constructions denoting personality traits in Avar language vs Russian and English in derivational aspect. In section 1, the adjective class properties in these three languages are discussed. Section 2 is devoted to the analysis of the word-formation patterns of the Avar personality trait adjectives in comparison with the other two languages. Section 3 presents the structural types of the Avar attributive constructions and phrasemes denoting personality traits. Section 4 summarizes the results of the analysis including approximate quantitative estimation of different derivational and constructional types of personality trait nominations in Avar as compared to Russian and English.

Key words: personality traits nomination, word formation, adjectives, attributive constructions, phrasemes, Avar, Russian, English.

For reference: Jarbilova P., Kobozeva I.M. Formation patterns of adjectival personality trait nominations in Avar against the background of Russian and English. Rhema. Рема. 2017. No. 2. Pp. 80–102.

Pushkin State Russian Language Institute
The purpose of this article is to consider the use of theatrical anecdotes and actor's funny stories in the teaching of Russian as a foreign language for future actors and directors. Relevance and practical significance of the article is to reveal the didactic potential of the anecdote and actor's funny stories to further their use as teaching material in the lessons of Russian as a foreign language, inclusion this in textbooks and manuals.

Key words: Russian as a foreign language, the actor's funny story, the anecdote, the professional theatrical discourse.

For reference: Volkova M.I. Didactic potential of actors funny stories and anecdotes in the teaching of Russian as a foreign language for future actors and directors. Rhema. Рема. 2017. No. 2. Pp. 103–111.


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South Ossetian State University named after A.A. Tibilov
On the basis of the materials that the author has gathered during the linguistic expeditions dialectal ossetian word moqo ‘pine’, that has its traces also in South Ossetian toponymy is described in this article for the first time. Questions of the origin and the correlation of this word with common ossetian term for ‘pine’ – næzy are considered here as well.

Key words: dialects of Ossetic, toponymy, etymology, ‘pine’, ‘fir-tree’.

For reference: Dzitstsoyti Ju.А. The Ossetian moqo ‘pine’ in the toponymy of South Ossetia. Rhema. Рема. 2017. No. 1. Pp. 9–21.

Saint Petersburg State University, Higher School of Economics – Saint Petersburg, Moscow State University of Education
Weak grammatical violations, i.e. violations that result in intermediate unacceptability, pose challenges for a formal description of grammar since it remains undecided whether they are the result of a true grammatical constraint or merely an epiphenomenal consequence of processing complexity. Neither informal grammaticality judgements nor corpus data alone can reveal finegrained distinctions that may be inherent in a grammatical phenomenon. In this context, experimental syntax methods, which have gained in popularity in recent years (see [Schütze, Sprouse 2013]), can be helpful in providing evidence for subtle grammatical distinctions. In this paper I illustrate this thesis with a case study from the distribution of čto-clause complements in Russian focusing on the restriction on the complements of nouns, consisting in the sensitivity to the collocational vs. non-collocational nature of the context. Employing the methodology of the investigation of island effects in (Sprouse et. al), I provide experimental evidence for the grammatical status of the restriction on čto clauses, which cannot be firmly established on the basis of introspection or usage data.

Key words: Russian, complement clauses, experimental approach, acceptability judgments.

For reference: Knyazev M.Yu. Studying a weak grammatical violation with experimental syntax methods: the case of sentential complements of nouns with the complementizer čto. Rhema. Рема. 2017. No. 1. Pp. 22–40.

School of Linguistics, National Research University «Higher School of Economics»
The article proposes an analysis of three semantic fields in Russian Sign Language: ‘thick’, ‘thin’ and ‘pointed’. These fields are covered in Russian Sign Language with a particular group of signs, namely, Size and Shape Specifiers (SASSes). The paper describes features of SASSes in other sign languages, known from previous research, and proposes an analysis of these signs in Russian Sign Language based on a detailed study of their contexts. Particularly, the article argues for distinguishing two types of components in these signs (specified and non-specified ones), discusses the semantics of non-manual markers and describes two morphological forms of SASSes.

Key words: Russian Sign Language, Size and Shape Specifiers, SASSes, sign language lexicon, nonmanual features.

For reference: Kyuseva M.V. Size and Shape Specifiers in Russian Sign Language. Rhema. Рема. 2017. No. 1. Pp. 41–60.

Lomonosov Moscow State University
The article is dedicated to the desacralization of saints, which is reflected in the functioning of the hagioanthroponyms (i.e. the names of saints) in the Spanish folklore. The dualism in the views on the saints of the Spanish people, who sometimes place an emphasis on their human hypostasis, can be noticed in the usage of the hagioanthroponyms in the Spanish idioms, phraseological units, proverbs, folk poetry and also in the phenomenon of the creation of the imaginary hagioanthroponyms, based on a wordplay. Sometimes the names of saints are used for the creation of the humorous effect in the text. In the article we reveal the causes of such usage that are possibly due to the peculiarities of the Spanish language consciousness.

Key words: hagioanthroponym, proper name, saints, religion, desacralization, Catholicism, the Spanish language, linguistic consciousness, linguo-culture, folklore, popular hagiography.

For reference: Lavrentyeva A.S. The desacralization of saints as a result of the peculiarities of the functioning of the hagioanthroponyms in the Spanish folklore. Rhema. Рема. 2017. No. 1. Pp. 61–79.

Russian State University for the Humanities
The paper deals with the use of words that were replaced with expressive diminutives (such as a deva ‘maiden’, hor' ‘polecat’, etc.), marked with respect to original items. These lexemes developed different stylistic and expressive connotations after replacement. This results from the decrease in the frequency of the use of a word and its transformation to an irregular item. Moreover, just the lack of a suffix makes a word marked and this strategy is the most economical. The shiftsin connotations are divided into three types: «neutral → expressive», «neutral → formal», «neutral → stylistic archaism». The conclusion is that the words are semantically predisposed to a specific change of connotations..

Key words: connotations, shift in connotation, archaisms, replacements, diminutives, expressive, semantics, endearment, means of expression of irony.

For reference: Fufaeva I.V. Sosulja, deva, syroega. Shifts in connotations: a case study of Russian lexems, replaced by diminutives. Rhema. Рема. 2017. No. 1. Pp. 80–93.

Belarusian State University
The article presents a structural description of the technique used in teaching oral consecutive translation of untranslatable French lexical units in the situation of subordinative bilingualism. It embraces two stages. Each stage presupposes a set of communicative-culturological exercises, in which the degree of similarity of corresponding French, Russian, Belarusian and English lexical units is taken into consideration.

Key words: professional training, intercultural professional communicative competence, methods and strategies of teaching, modeling and simulation technologies, role-playing game, creative tasks.

For reference: Tuchynski A.V. Technology of oral consecutive translation teaching of untranslatable French lexical units in the context of the dialogue of cultures ideas. Rhema. Рема. 2017. No. 1. Pp. 94–115.



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Moscow State University of Education
This article examines the intertext of the novel «The Boy from Moscow» by L.D. Rzhevsky at the level of interpretation of the semantics of the titles, epigraphs, citations, allusive and associative plans and reminiscences. The intertext background of the novel is very diverse: as well as the twenty quotes and quasiquotes that are present in the text, it also contains more than ten cultural constants of XIX and XX centuries.

Key words: L.D. Rzhevsky, intertext, Russian literature abroad, emigration, quotation, allusion, reminiscence, association, semantics of names, context.

For reference: Konovalov A.А. The intertext in the novel «Тhe Boy from Moscow» by L.D. Rzhevsky. Rhema. Рема. 2016. No. 4. Pp. 9–23.

Lomonosov Moscow State University, Goethe University Frankfurt
In this paper, we propose a method to detect the discourse status of a referent of a noun phrase using shallow features of the noun phrase. We examine a number of theoretically motivated features that allow to distinguish noun phrases with different discourse statuses of their referents. We describe two experiments of applying those features to create discourse status detectors. We show that even the simplest features outperform the heuristic baseline. Also, we analyse the feature importances for the features that we use. This allows us to get the subset of features that are most useful for the classification and to test the theoretical hypotheses that lead to using these features.

Key words: discourse processing, coreference resolution, mention detection, machine learning.

For reference: Ionov M.I. Automatic detection of the discourse status of a referent of a noun phrase. Rhema. Рема. 2016. No. 4. Pp. 24–42.

ZAO «Eventos»
This paper is concerned with the parameters of conversion on the one hand and the category of Russian adverbial participles on the other. The latter one represents a source of language units undergoing strict conversion, which is not typical for Russian. The parameters and their values are elaborated with consideration of various studies in derivation. Lexical units resulting from conversion of adverbial participles are also viewed from the perspective of grammaticalization and lexicalization.

Key words: conversion, strict conversion, parameters of conversion, Russian adverbial participle, Russian.

For reference: Kovalskaya V.M. Parameters of derivational conversion and Russian adverbial participles. Rhema. Рема. 2016. No. 4. Pp. 43–57.


E.V. Kornakova1, 2, E.A. Lyutikova1, 2, P.V. Grashchenkov1, 2, 3
1Lomonosov Moscow State University, 2Moscow State University of Education, 3Institute of Oriental Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences
The paper discusses syntactic mechanisms of licensing by sentential negation. The two approaches to NPI licensing – anaphoric and agreement-based – differ with respect to their predictions about (in)dependence of licensing multiple negation-sensitive grammatical phenomena. The paper presents an experimental study of licensing genitive of negation and negative pronouns in Russian based on grammaticality judgments. The data shows that genitive of negation improves significantly the grammaticality of stimuli with negative pronouns.

Key words: negation, negative polarity items, licensing, genitive of negation, noun phrase structure, collocations, Russian.

For reference: Kornakova E.V., Lyutikova E.A., Grashchenkov P.V. Licensing properties of Russian negation. Rhema. Рема. 2016. No. 4. Pp. 58–82.

School of Linguistics, National Research University «Higher School of Economics»
In my paper, I will analyze a special feature of clausal complements in the Bzhedug dialect of Adyghe, a polysynthetic language of the West Caucasian family. While in many languages, clausal complements cannot trigger verbal agreement, in Adyghe, the matrix verb can bear plural agreement with a clausal complements, along with the default singular agreement. If there is a coordinate structure including several clausal complements, the agreement slot they correspond to can contain a plural marker. However, this is not obligatorily the case. I will discuss the conditions of this unusual agreement pattern. I will show that the possibility of agreement depends on at least two syntactic parameters: namely, the syntactic position of the clausal complement and the morphological verb form which is used in the complement clause. Non-standard agreement is also subject to a significant inter-speaker variation. Sometimes speakers who do not allow agreement with clausal complements admit instead long distance agreement. The most unexpected thing is that even if the complement clauses are marked with a (typically) non-argument suffix, they can control agreement. This points to the fact that neither the canonical view of the pronominal argument hypothesis, nor classical approaches to agreement, represented in many works on European languages is plausible for Adyghe. The data of this language must be accounted for in a perspective that regards verbal personal markers and verbal arguments as types of items, which are not isomorphic to each other and which both play role in the agreement marking.

Key words: clausal complements, agreement, Adyghe, syntacticposition, accessibilityhierarchy, polysynthesis.

For reference: Letuchiy A.B. Agreement with complement clauses in Adyghe. Rhema. Рема. 2016. No. 4. Pp. 83–104.

Saint Petersburg State University
The paper presents an overview of two related events: an international conference on the typologically oriented description of parametric variation in grammar and a conference for graduate and doctoral students with an emphasis on general, Nordic and Slavic linguistics. Apart from the issues of intra-linguistic and typological parametric description, the conferences covered a wide array of topics ranging from the syntax of clitics to differential argument marking and diathesis to noun phrase and numeral phrase morphosyntax. Several talks focused on the history of Russian and other Slavic languages and on their syncronic description, as well as on the documentation of minority languages of Russia.

Key words: argument structure, case assignment, clitics, differential argument marking, linguistic typology, parametric description of grammar.

For reference: Tiskin D. The 6th conference in the series «Typology of Morphosyntactic Parameters» and 4th Conference on General, Nordic and Slavic linguistics for graduate and doctoral students (Moscow State University of Education – Institute of Linguistics of the Russian Academy of Sciences, 12–14 October 2016). Rhema. Рема. 2016. No. 4. Pp. 94–115.


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Lomonosov Moscow State University
The article covers main features of Turkish mournful songs called mersiye written in the form of qita. Leaning against qitas recorded in divans of Turkish poets of the XV–XIX cc. the author divides qita-mersiye in three types. These types differ both in formal features (length and presence/absence of chronogramm) and in motives as well as in the aims of their creation. In qitas of the first type poets expressed their own sorrow concentrating on motives of mourning to depict the way they felt. In qitas of the second type main part belongs to motives of departure, with biographical details being interwoven; in qitas of this type poets highlighted the fact of death and marked the time it happened with the help of poetical figure tarikh. In qitas of the third type poets tried to immortalize the name of the diseased and to praise him. The main role in such qitas is given to panegyric motives ornamented with details of the earthly life of the diseased.

Key words: medieval Turkish literature, mersiye, qita, tarikh. For reference: Semina A. On interpretation of motives in Turkish medieval mournful songs (on the material of qita). Rhema. Рема. 2016. No. 3. Pp. 9–18.

Moscow State University of Education
The article reviews the contemporary novel «Aviator» by E.G. Vodolazkin in the context of the current socio-cultural attempts to rethink the Soviet past and build a dialogue with the Russian literary tradition and philosophy of the twentieth century, in particular the anti-utopian works of A.P. Platonov («The Foundation Pit») and «Philosophy of the Common Cause» by N.F. Fedorov. The author analyzes the transformation in the novel by Vodolazkin Platonov’s themes of overcoming death and symbols of the cemetery, collecting and saving things.

Key words: contemporary Russian prose, literary tradition, dystopia, Russian cosmism, motive, plot, «Aviator», E.G. Vodolazkin, A. Platonov’s prose.

For reference: Soldatkina Ya. The motives of A. P. Platonov’s prose in the novel «Aviator» by E.G. Vodolazkin. Rhema. Рема. 2016. No. 3. Pp. 19–28.

Moscow State University of Education, Penza State University
The purpose of the article is to trace what kind of semantic transformations undergoes legal term outside of the legal discourse, as well as to assess the possible linguistic and legal implications of such transformations. In addition, the article propose criterion for distinguishing such phenomena as despecialization and determinologization, as well as the distortion (substitution) of the concept expressed by the term.

Key words: legal term, meaning transformation, determinologizations, despecialization, substitution of concepts, discourse.

For reference: Barabash O. Semantic transformations of legal terms outside of the legal discourse. Rhema. Рема. 2016. No. 3. Pp. 29–46.

Russian State University for the Humanities
The paper deals with Old English nominal compounds from the point of view of their place in the syntactic and narrative text structures. The inner semantic form and diffuse semantics of so called substantive epithets is analyzed in its relation to predicative constructions. The connection of compounds with the units of alliterative verse and some techniques of epic narration is discussed, the epic variation in particular. Their similarity to formulaic expressions and their role in the creation of epic imagery is shown at the example of the poems «Beowulf» and «Elene».

Key words: nominal compounds, syntax, semantics, alliterative verse, Old English poetry, «Beowulf», «Elene».

For reference: Gvozdetskaya N. Nominal Compounds in Old English Poetic Text (a Syntactic and Narrative Aspect). Rhema. Рема. 2016. No. 3. Pp. 47–62.

Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow State University of Education
This paper addresses intralingual variation in the context of Russian event nominalizations. I present new data that expands our knowledge about case assignment strategies in Russian event nominalizations. Experimental data shows that external argument of nominalization exhibits differential case marking, and that both variants are available for all Russian speakers. My analysis suggests that the observed case variation is determined by the amount of functional structure dominating VP in the nominalization.

Key words: nominalization, noun phrase structure, argument structure, case variation, differential case marking, intralingual variation, Russian.

For reference: Gerasimova A. A parametric approach to intralingual variation: problems and methods. Rhema. Рема. 2016. No. 3. Pp. 63–74.

Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow State University of Education
The paper investigates the internal structure of Russian adjectival compounds. A theoretical problem, posed by the author is the choice between binary or n-ary branching. As the paper shows, structutres, underlying derivation, are closer to the binary branching than to the n-ary branching. The argumentation is based on the views of the constituency structure, adopted in the modern generative framework. The facts, involved for the discussion, deal with the constraints on the compound derivation, the order of derivation and the accentuation rules. As the author claims, the properties of Russian adjectival compounds can be explained only if we adopt constistent binary branching.

Key words: syntax, constituents, projection, compounds, adjectives.

For reference: Grashchenkov P. Complex Adjectives and Binary Branching in Syntax. Rhema. Рема. 2016. No. 3. Pp. 75–96.

University of the Basque Country
This article discusses the morphosyntactic properties of Russian loweror paucal numerals (dva/dve ‘two’, tri ‘three’, četyre ‘four’) within a more general crosslinguistic view on (low) numeral constructions. We will show that the diachronic analysis of the processes resulting in the heterogeneous pattern triggered nowadays by these expressions and a comparison with other languages displaying similar morphosyntactic patterns can help us clarify more effectively the synchronic use of these constructions in Russian.

Key words: agreement, animacy, disagreement, genitive case, lower numerals, number, paucal constructions, quantification, Russian.

For reference: Igartua I., Madariaga N. Russian lower numeral phrases in typological and diachronic perspective. Rhema. Рема. 2016. No. 3. Pp. 97–114.


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Moscow State University of Education
The novel «Lavr» by E.G. Vodolazkin reflects the world view of the Russian medieval times that is depicted in the symbols and in the explanation and understanding of the events by the characters. The plot is built around the episodes of certain lives and agiorgaphic topos. The fates and thoughts of the characters are connected with the quotes from the «Pchela» digest. There is also a number of references to the important works of Old Russian translated literature. Medieval texts are mentioned, retold and quoted creating historical background and the illusion of reality of events and characters.

Key words: E.G. Vodolazkin, «Lavr», medieval world view, medieval symbols, life description novel, agiorgaphic topos, «Pchela».

For reference: Trofimova N. Tratidions of Old Russian literature in the novel «Lavr» by E.G. Vodolazkin. Rhema. Рема. 2016. No. 2. Pp. 7–20.

The Institute of Informatics Problems of the Russian Academy of Sciences
The article is devoted to the study of phrasal structures in French and Russian languages in terms of translation transformations which aims to create a grammar using formal approach from Multivariate Transfer Cognitive Grammar. I reviewed and systematized phenomena of transfer of functional values in the secondary predication and adjectives; I identified frequency characteristics with regard to the analysis of patent texts. The results will be used to create a language module in the linguistic processor.

Key words: syntax, semantics, functional meanings, verbal phrases, French language, machine translation.

For reference: Galina I. Modelling the functionally synonymous transfer of the meanings of some phrase structures in the French-Russian language pair based on the material of patents texts. Rhema. Рема. 2016. No. 2. Pp. 21–43.

School of Linguistics, National Research University «Higher School of Economics»
This paper provides the description of the universal concessive conditional (UCC) construction in the Kuban dialect of Kabardian, an ergative polysynthetic language of the Northwest Caucasian family. The Kabardian UCC construction involves a subordinate clause which is marked with a combination of the conditional and additive markers and obligatorily contains an interrogative pronoun with free choice semantics. More surprisingly, for some speakers, the subordinate clause in this pattern may also contain a definite pronoun which receives quantificational reading if it is higher in the hierarchy ergative > absolutive > indirect object > possessor/ postpositional object than the free choice interrogative pronoun. It is suggested that this can be accounted with a semantic representation involving quantification over events.

Key words: universal concessive conditional, Kabardian, free choice, event-based semantics.

For reference: Lander Yu. Kabardian universal concessive conditionals. Rhema. Рема. 2016. No. 2. Pp. 44–66.

Lomonosov Moscow State University, Moscow State University of Education
The paper discusses grammatical properties of a special semantic class or relative clauses – appositive relatives. The specific interpretation of appositive relatives is usually derived from their position in the syntactic structure: it is assumed that appositive relatives attach higher than restrictives, at least above the DP level of the modified noun phrase. As for the internal structure of appositive clauses, the mainstream hypothesis is that they do not have any special properties of their own. The paper argues that in Russian, restrictive and appositive relatives differ significantly in their internal syntactic structure.

Key words: appositive relatives, restrictive relatives, noun phrase structure, pied piping, Russian.

For reference: Lyutikova Е. Syntax of appositive relatives. Rhema. Рема. 2016. No. 2. Pp. 67–87.

Moscow State University of Education, Russian Foreign Trade Academy
The article contains an overview of some observations made in the course of the research aimed at the identification of prosodic parameters of irony in British oral discourse. Irony is examined with regard to the specific features of British linguoculture. The author describes some tendencies in prosodic realization of ironic utterances revealed in the course of research and determines the role of prosody in conveying ironic connotation.

Key words: irony, ironic mode, prosody, context, oral speech discourse, British linguoculture.

For reference: Tuyakov V. Some prosodic realization of irony in British oral discourse (based on british cinematographic and television discourse). Rhema. Рема. 2016. No. 2. Pp. 88–101.


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Volgograd State University
The article is devoted to the analysis of the perception of contemporary British writer Tom Mccarthy’s novels in English and American literary criticism, including scientific works and the response in mass-media. The research points out the writer’s place in contemporary literary process, compares positive and negative reviews and designates the most critically observed topics of the novelist’s artistic objectives, such as traumatic experience, the relation of text and its reproduction, a search of identity.

Key words: contemporary English novel, problem, Tom Mccarthy’s novels, poetics, author image, literary criticism, literary text.

For reference: Bzhigakova D. The fiction of Tom Maccarthy in anglophone criticism. Rhema. Рема. 2016. No. 1. Pp. 7–16.

Saint Petersburg State University
The given article deals with a functional analysis of the properties of habban (hæfden)+ participle II in Old English based on the “Anglo-Saxon Charter” and “Catholic Homilies I” by abbot Aelfrich. The author draws a functional demarcation in the use of the construction with the possessive verb, on the one hand, and simple preterits as well as preterits with prefix ge-, on the other. An in-depth analysis of the retrieved contexts allows to claim that habban (hæfden) + participle II usually functioned as an aspectual-pragmatic marker. It could also assume a text-forming function, whereas its taxis-temporal characteristics were apparently underdeveloped.

Key words: Old English, perfect, preterit, preterit with prefix ge-, taxis, variation of verbal forms.

For reference: Bondar V. Between perfect and preterit: habban (hæfden) + past participle in the Old English texts. Rhema. Рема. 2016. No. 1. Pp. 17–35.

Russian State University for the Humanities
The article is devoted to the corpus research of structural features of Japanese representation form with the suffix «tari». We distinguish the following parameters relevant for description of the structure of this construction: presence/absence of an auxiliary verb, the number of «tari-form» in one construction and the syntactic position of the whole construction in a sentence. We will show how these parameters are related to each other in different types of discourse.

Key words: Japanese syntax, representation, corpus-based research, tari-form, comparative quantitative analysis.

For reference: Degtyaryova A. Structural features of Japanese representation form with the suffix «tari» in fictional prose, online texts of diaries and spoken language: comparative quantitative corpus-based analysis. Rhema. Рема. 2016. No. 1. Pp. 36–50.

Federal Research Center "Computer Science and Control" of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow State University of Education.
The paper focuses on the issues of establishing semantic content of syntactic structures via the contrastive study of the English and Russian language systems and parallel texts analysis for the tasks of machine translation. Particular attention is given to consideration of syntactic polysemy and ambiguity, and the mechanisms of polysemous structures presentation are proposed. The decisions are worked out on the basis of projecting the functional values through the traditional categorial meanings of language units and structures. The syntactic polysemy is understood as the immediate realization of more than one categorial head meaning within the same language structure. The phenomenon of syntactic polysemy determines the possible multiple transfer scheme for a given language pattern. The system of multivariant transfer rules is designed to be further specified by machine learning methods.

Key words: machine translation, syntax, semantics, transfer, linear structures, disambiguation.

For reference: Kozerenko E. Syntactic Polysemy and Ambiguity in Machine Translation Perspective. Rhema. Рема. 2016. No. 1. Pp. 51–63.

Lomonosov Moscow State University
The article offers an account of the historical development of Scottish Gaelic with an emphasis on language contact, and describes the language situation in modern Scotland. The author takes an advantage of a complex approach comprising comparative, historical, statistical and other methods.

Key words: the minority languages of Europe, Scottish Gaelic, Scottish Gaelic history, the language situation in Scotland, Gaelic population of Scotland, Gàidhealtachd.

For reference: Korolyova M. Language situation in Scotland: history and modern status of Scottish Gaelic. Rhema. Рема. 2016. No. 1. Pp. 64–73.

1Moscow State University of Education, 2The Institute of Linguistics of the Russian Academy of Sciences, 3Russian State University for the Humanities, 4Institute of Slavic Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences
The work is focused on non-canonical argument marking in embedded clauses in Kalmyk, Lithuanian and Irish. We consider constructions similar to subject-to-object raising in English. In all the three languages subjects (in Irish, subjects and objects) of embedded clauses can be marked with the accusative, which is unacceptable for canonical transitive verbs in independent sentences.

Key words: subordination, complementation, complement clauses, adverbial clauses, raising-to-object, Kalmyk, Irish, Lithuanian, argument promotion, left periphery.

For reference: Serdobolskaya N., Arkadiev P., Shkapa M. Raising and related phenomena: non-canonical argument marking in argument and adjunct clauses. Rhema. Рема. 2016. No. 1. Pp. 74–91.

Ural Federal University named after First President of Russia B.N. Yeltsin
The article is focused on the names of the bend of the river in the dialects of European North of Russia. The author presents etymology of the lexemes with orthodox roots, analyzes descriptive and metaphoric names as well as the lexemes borrowed from Finno-Ugric and European languages.

Key words: lexeme, semantics, Proto-Slavic language, borrowing, Finno-Ugric languages.

For reference: Teush O. Lexis of the semantics of «the bend of the river» in the dialects of European north of Russia. Rhema. Рема. 2016. No. 1. Pp. 92–101.



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Belarus Maxim Tank State Pedagogical University
This article shows the most essential characteristics of the Early American literature and describes the special features of a prominent representative of New England literature XVII–XVIII Cotton Mather (1663–1728), his art style and the problems of his literary creation. The article concludes that “massive” writing style of Cotton Mather is formed in the synthesis of various genre trends including epics, documentaries, memoirs, etc.

Key words: New England, Colonial literature, American literature of the XVII century, literary-documentary prose.

For reference: Tserkovsky A. Ideological and artistic originality of C. Mather’s literary-documentary prose. Rhema. Рема. 2015. No. 4. Pp. 5–16.

University of Montréal
Several linguistic notions necessary for modeling linear order of simple clauses in complex English sentences are introduced: simple clause, complex sentence, semantic and syntactic Rheme, Theme and Specifier, syntactic and communicative autonomy of clauses. The surface-syntactic structure (in terms of dependency) and syntactic-communicative marking of complex sentences is supposed to serve as input for clause-ordering rules. Rules for the transition from the surface-syntactic and communicative structures of a complex sentence to its linear structure in terms of clauses are presented in full and illustrated in details.

Key words: English syntax, syntactic dependency, communicative structure and word order, simple clause.

For reference: Iordanskaja L., Mel’čuk I. Ordering of Simple Clauses in an English Complex Sentence. Rhema. Рема. 2015. No. 4. Pp. 17–59.

Vologda State University
The process of forming telescoped words in the modern English substandard vocabulary is becoming a more popular way of word formation. The analysis of theoretical works helped the authors to define the key terms. The main wordbuilding patterns of telescoped derivatives in the English substandard vocabulary are described in detail due to the use of the method of structural analysis of forming components. These models are illustrated by a number of examples. The use of the method of quantitative counting helped to distinguish the main peculiarities of the structural organization of telescoped derivatives in the English substandard vocabulary.

Key words: substandard vocabulary, telescoped derivatives, complete telescoped words, partial telescoped words, haplological telescoped words, component, fragment, word-building pattern.

For reference: Malysheva S., Konopleva I. Main Peculiarities of Structural Organization of Telescoped Derivatives in the English Substandard Vocabulary. Rhema. Рема. 2015. No. 4. Pp. 60–70.

1Institute of linguistics, Russian Academy of Science, 2Moscow State University of Education
This paper discusses the status of two types of priority arguments in Modern Russian – the so called weak dative subjects with non-agreeing nominal predicatives like kholodno, priyatno, protivno, and sentential subjects (CP and InfP). We argue that infinitive phrases can take the subject position only if a number of formal and communicative conditions are met, notably, if the entire infinitive phrase is topicalized, behaves as an island and blocks extractions and communicative splits. We also argue that the elimination of a weak dative subject, contrary to the claims made earlier, does not necessarily lead to the shift in the predicate semantics.

Key words: grammatical subject, priority argument, strong subjects, weak subjects, internal arguments, dative subjects, sententional subjects, zero subjects, stage-level-predicates, information structure, Russian.

For reference: Zimmerling A., Trubitsina M. Dative and sententional subjects in Russian: from inner states to general statements. Rhema. Рема. 2015. No. 4. Pp. 71–104.

1North Caucasian Federal University, 2Stavropol State Pedagogical Institute
The article is devoted to the investigation of predictive ideas of language competence, economy of language, the minimalist program, perfection and imperfection processes in languages in works of A.A. Potebnja and his followers, correlation of A.A. Potebnja’s heuristic theory with the scientific program of N. Chomsky.

Key words: A.A. Potebnja, N. Chomsky, language competence, principle of economy of language, progress in language, minimalist program, language perfection, imperfection.

For reference: : Stain K., Petrenko D. Language competence: from A.A. Potebnja to N. Chomsky. Rhema. Рема. 2015. No. 4. Pp. 105–120.

University of California
An in memoriam piece for Jens Nørgård-Sørensen (1954 – 2015) follows his academic career and achievements and discusses Nørgård-Sørensen’s contribution to Slavic studies and his activities as an academician.

Key words: Jens Nørgård-Sørensen, personals, Slavic studies, Russian studies, Danish slavicists, academic cooperation.

For reference: Andersen H. Jens Nørgård-Sørensen in memoriam. Rhema. Рема. 2016. No. 1. Pp. 121–122.



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