Surrey Short Term Morphosyntactic Change Databases

The notion of 'short term morphosyntactic change' can be used to characterise changes in the use of forms in a short period of time even when the forms themselves have changed relatively little. The Short Term Morphosyntactic Change (STMC) Databases explore change in six different morphosyntactic phenomena in Russian over a 200 year period from 1801-2000.

Historically, the genitive case mark the direct object of a negated verb, with the corresponding affirmative requiring the accusative case, with no other choice possible. In the 19th and early 20th centuries the accusative became an established alternative to the genitive in such negative contexts.

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