Syntactic properties of the Russian enclitic ze: Corpus-based and experimental approaches

Evdokia A. Valova, Natalia A. Slioussar

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In this paper, we analyze syntactic properties of the Russian enclitic particle ze relying on corpus and experimental data. In Old Russian, the position of this enclitic obeyed Wackeraagers law in its strict version, but subsequently some variation became possible. We aim to identify possible and preferable positions ofze, various factors influencing them, and diachronic tendencies using the National Russian corpus and an experiment. Our goal is not only to examine a particular linguistic phenomenon, but also to show that corpus and experimental methods can be fruitfully combined.

Original languageRussian
Pages (from-to)33-48
Number of pages16
JournalVoprosy Jazykoznanija
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2017

Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language


  • Clitics
  • Corpus approach
  • Experimental approach
  • Russian
  • Wackeraagers law
  • Word order

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