Review of the handbook on the history of Russian language by Tore Nesset
Review of a grammar of Old Church Slavonic by Anna Polivanova
This is a book review on an imporant comprehensive study of reference tracking devices in the languages of the world by a Russian linguist Andrej Kibrik. The study, being both a survey of the field and a summary of his own reseaarch on the topic, has been published by one of the leading publishers of linguistic literature, Oxford University Press.
In the review I discuss articles, which are included in the volume about grammatical relations and their coding in Baltic languages, edited by Axel Holvoet and Nicole Nau, The volume includes Lithuanian, Latvian and Livonian data, which is analyzed both in formal and functional framework. The problems under analysis include differential object and subject marking, semantic motivation of valency patterns, the role of negation in the syntactic behavior of the verb and other interesting issues.