Correlation between expressiveness and syntactic independence of Russian onomatopoeic verbal interjections

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Abstract

This article considers Russian onomatopoeic verbal interjections, because these linguistic units possess a unique grammatical feature of being either completely syntactically independent or act as members of sentence, depending on the context and speaker’s communicative intention. Moreover, there is ambiguity concerning their expressiveness. In some cases, they are prosodically foregrounded and have reduplicated morphemes, in others no pauses in speech separate them from the host construction and no expressive morphology is demonstrated. This research aims at establishing correlation between the prosodic/morphological expressiveness and syntactic independence of Russian onomatopoeic verbal interjections with the help of a statistical model. Firstly, corpus analysis of data from the Russian Corpus of Spoken Language is applied in order to examine the expressiveness of these linguistic units, as well as to investigate their syntactic independence. Finally, a Log-Linear Statistical Model is applied to establish the dependencies between the absence/presence of these three features, and to determine which of these have significant correlations.
Original languageEnglish
JournalPoljarnyj vestnik
Volume21
Pages (from-to)15-30
Number of pages16
ISSN1890-9671
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

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