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Book chapter

Pri vsjom X-e: a Corpus Study of a Russian Syntactic Phraseme

P. 132-141.

The paper presents a corpus study of the concessive syntactic phraseme pri vsjom X-e ‘with all  X’ in Russian.  The study demonstrates (a) a strong correlation between the semantics of the  phraseme  and its  other linguistic  properties; (b) pragmatic properties that are typical  of syntactic  phrasemes  in general;  (c)  language-specific  phraseological  status. In particular,  the  combination  of concession and intensification in its meaning  explains its status as a negative  polarity item; the fact that it  refers to properties  of objects  explains its co-referential  requirements.  Pragmatically, like many other syntactic  phrasemes,  pri  vsjom  X-e  entails  a  certain structured  worldview. Its linguistic properties are not carried across languages: its  closest English counterpart, the construction with all X does not manifest any of its properties.  This proves that the status of a syntactic  phraseme  and all its linguistic consequences in one  language cannot be predicted on the basis of the data from another language, and thus ought to  be established on an individual basis. 

In book

Edited by: V. Apresyan, B. Iomdin. Vol. . Iss. 85. Muenchen: Wiener Slawistischer Almanach, 2013.