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О коммуникативной обусловленности предикативного согласования с именными группами со значением неопределенного количества

The paper is focused on the influence of Theme-Rheme-structure on predicate agreement with quantifier phrases which contain a mention of an indefinite quantity. The author considers the dependence of the predicate choice on theme or rheme position of the quantifier phrase and reveals that the possibility of implementing different Theme-Rheme structures and its influence on predicate choice are unequal in the sentences with different quantifiers. The communicative conditions for singular or plural predicate agreement with quantifier phrases which contain neskolko, mnogo, nemalo, are described. The author concludes that singular predicate corresponds to the focus on the quantifier phrase (rhematic position or thematic position in contrast), the plural choice is conditioned by the focus on the other part of the sentence. Some specific communicative strategies such as superposition of rheme are considered.