The Predicate Adjectives Database allows you to calculate the frequencies of the three types of adjectives used in predicate position: long form nominative, long form instrumental and the short form. The query shows percentages for each of the competing forms within the set of examples selected, divided by time period. The percentages are accompanied by the raw numbers of examples. Queries may be specified with respect to time periods, individual authors, as well as morphological, syntactic and semantic parameters. Where necessary, help texts, explaining particular parameters are provided. To read these texts, hover over the question mark near the search parameter label. To modify your query, go to a respective box and select a new value (or values). All other parameters from your previous query will remain unchanged.
By default, the query will return results from the entire 200 century period covered by the database. Alternatively, you can create composite time periods based on the 20-year or 50-year slices. 50 years: This gives the figures divided into four 50-year slices from 1801 to 2000. 20 years: This gives the figures divided into ten 20-year slices from 1801 to 2000. The drop down menus allow you to combine several consecutive periods into one period. Select one of the two options: 50 years or 20 years and then specify the start and end dates. Statistics will be returned in one column for the period specified. For example, the 80-year period running from the beginning of 1861 to the end of 1940 can be examined by selecting the 20-year option and specifying From 1861-1980 To 1921-1940.
The copula byt´ ‘to be’ occurs with in a variety of forms with predicative adjective. Refine your search by selecting sub-forms of the copula. Note that in the present tense there is no overtly expressed verb (zero copula). Semi-copula Copula-like verbs can occur with predicative adjectives. Refine your search by selecting sub-forms of the semi-copulas. You can also search a subset of their aspectual forms or choose individual semi-copulas to investigate. Verb forms A variety of verbs in the sample occur with predicative adjectives. Refine your search by selecting sub-forms of the verbs. You can also search a subset of their aspectual forms or choose individual verbs to investigate.
Queries can be restricted by searching only for predicate adjectives that occur with a particular type of subject: nouns, pronouns, or no overt subject. Searches on nouns and pronouns (other than vsë<'all'èto 'this) may be further refined by a number of other parameters.
Animate nouns are comprised of human (including kinship terms) and non-human nouns (such as animals and supernatural creatures) and contrast with inanimate nouns. Refine your search by selecting a subset of all subjects based on their animacy.
The subject's number is encoded to determine if number agreement has an effect on the choice between long form nominative, long form instrumental and short form adjectives. Refine your search by selecting a subset of all subjects based on their number.
Nouns are semantically classified as concrete or abstract. Mass nouns and collective nouns are included under concrete nouns. Refine your search by selecting a subset of all subjects based on their semantics.
Subjects expressed by personal and relative pronouns are coded for animacy according to the animacy of their referent. Refine your search by selecting a subset of all subjects based on their animacy.
Secondary predicates (or co-predicates) are a dependent predicate-type that can modifying either a subject a direct object. Refine your search by selecting to include or exclude examples of secondary predication.
The author search function allows you to restrict the results returned to those examples found in works of individual or multiple authors. Leave all author names unselected to return results form the entire corpus.
To view the results of previous statistical studies on the phenomena in question, click the Statistics button at the the bottom of the form. Use a Select button to refer to a particular author, and then select a row with a conditioning factor (or with a combination of factors) for which you would like to see statistics. Please note that only one author may be selected at a time. Statistics are structured as in the original source.