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.

A predicate adjective may take one of three forms: the short form the long form nominative or the long form instrumental. Originally the adjective had only short forms. Over the centuries, the long form (first nominative, and later also instrumental) has gained more ground.

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