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.

Numerals in Russian and in Slavonic more generally are notorious for their complex syntax and morphology. In particular, quantifier phrases with the numerals dva ‘two’ , tri  ‘three’ and četyre  ‘four’  allow alternative case marking on attributive adjectives. When the phrase is in the nominative or accusative, adjectives are either in that case or they are governed by the numeral and take the genitive. 

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