From canon to monolith to clusters

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The status of oblique subjects is a contested topic. Subjecthood is typicallydefined relative to syntactic tests in formal approaches and different tests havebeen proposed in the literature. However, they have not been applied systematicallyto cover a wide range of constructions such as oblique subjects in Russian.This study presents a clustered model of subjecthood building on ten constructiontypes and twenty features of subjecthood in Russian based on constructiongrammar and Keenan’s (1976) study. The structure of the model indicatesthat Russian has two clustered subject constructions: the nominative and thedative. These types motivate the deviations displayed by the other constructions.Hence, subjecthood is defined as a fully motivated network structure.


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