This paper argues that cases, adpositions, and converbal markers need not function as markers of syntactic dependency. It is shown that in Kabardian (West Caucasian), the constituents headed by converbs and postpositions as well as case-marked NPs can appear as independent syntactic predicates, although this may correlate with the degree to which they function as semantic adjuncts: the more adjunct-like a phrase is, the easier it may constitute a syntactic predicate.
THE SACRED TOPOGRAPHY OF BODH-GAYA AND BUDDHIST NARRATION Natalia V. Aleksandrova The paper reviews a complex of Buddhist pilgrimage centers in Bodh Gaya, revered in Buddhism as the place of the Buddha’s enlightenment. The author traces the relationship between the region’s sacred topography and the evidence found in various written sources, analyzing primarily the Buddhist hagiographical literature to interpret the sacred loci in their appropriate context of early Buddhist culture; descriptions of Bodh Gaya from the writings of certain Chinese pilgrims also make it possible to compare the structure of the complex throughout different time periods. The study of hagiographical texts reflecting an evolution of the legend reveals a certain correlation of the narrative with the changes in the system of the sacral sites. The author also examines the evolutionary trends of the Buddhist sacred complex and makes a conclusion about the progressive appropriation of pre-Buddhist places of worship.
The aspect of self-correlation with Tradition in art plays an important part while discussing national and cultural identity. However, a piece of art, created in a dialogue with tradition, raises challenging questions to the viewer about the means of interpretation and evaluation of such art-work. Taking as an example the tea pavilion designed by Japanese artist H. Sugimoto, the author muses on the ways and extent of tradition’s impact on proper perception of the artist’s concepts.