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The paper proposes formal rules for linear ordering of adnominal genitive dependents cosubordinated to the same noun in Russian. In a standard case, the cosubordinated Nɢᴇɴᵢ-s are mutually positioned as a function of the surface-syntactic relation that dominates each Nɢᴇɴᵢ (there are six such surface-syntactic relations). But fairly often the positioning of an Nɢᴇɴᵢ is determined by its meaning; thus, if in an N→Nɢᴇɴᵢ construction an Nɢᴇɴ expresses the type of N’s referent, this Nɢᴇɴ precedes all the other Nɢᴇɴᵢ-s. The ordering of cosubordinated genitives (which is mostly syntactic) is compared with the ordering of cosubordinated adjectives, whose position is determined by a hierarchy of their semantic classes (i.e., semantically).
Iordanskaja L., Mel’čuk I. Semantics in syntax: Linear ordering of genitive adnominal dependents cosubordinated to a noun in Russian. Voprosy Jazykoznanija, 2019, 4: 33–46.
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