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Working paper

Complementation Strategies Of Russian Verbs Of Request

Linguistics. WP BRP. НИУ ВШЭ, 2014. No. 17/LNG/2014.
Tagabileva M., Kirianov D.
This paper describes the competition of complementation strategies of Russian verbs of request. We conducted a corpus-based study of six strategies of compelement encoding: infinitive, nominalisation, prepositional phrase with nominalisation, finite clause introduced with complementizer čtoby, non-finite clause introduced with complementizer čtoby (i.e. čtoby + infinitive), prepositional phrase with čtoby and expletive pronoun to (o tom čtoby). The results suggest that there are several factors influencing the competition under consideration (such as coreference of different participants, request dictance, etc.) and that these factors belong to different language domains, including semantics. This challenges the classic point of view according to which complementation studies should be focused primarily on syntax.