Languages of the World: An Introduction.

Cambridge University Press

What do all human languages have in common and in what ways are they different? How can language be used to trace different peoples and their past? Are certain languages similar because of common descent or language contact? Assuming no prior knowledge of linguistics, this book introduces readers to the rich diversity and typology of human languages around the world. Linguistic terms and concepts are explained, in the text and in the glossary, and illustrated with simple, accessible examples. Eighteen language maps and numerous language family charts enable students to place a language geographically or genealogically. A supporting website includes sound recordings that can be used to illustrate the peculiarities of the sound systems of various languages, as well as additional language maps. ‘Test yourself’ questions throughout the book make it easier for students to analyze data from unfamiliar languages.


Copular Sentences in Russian. A Theory of Intra-Clausal Relations.

Studies in Natural Language and Linguistic Theory
Published by Springer Verlag
XII, 168 p.

A detailed study and a novel Minimalist account of copular sentences in Russian, focusing on case marking alternations (nominative vs. instrumental) and drawing a distinction between two types of copular sentences. The originality of this study lies in treating the copula in the two types of copular sentences neither as completely identical nor as two distinct lexical items; instead, the two types of copula are derived through the process of semantic bleaching. It is concluded that Russian draws a distinction between saturated DPs and unsaturated NPs, despite its renowned lack of overt articles.



  • "Split Phrases in Colloquial Russian". Studia Linguistica, special volume on spoken language, 62(1): 5-38.
  • "Aspect in Russian as grammatical rather than lexical notion: Evidence from Heritage Russian". Russian Linguistics 32(1): 27-42.
  • "On the Universality of DP: A View from Russian". Studia Linguistica 61(1): 59-94.
  • "Head Movement in Hebrew Nominals: A Reply to Shlonsky". Lingua 116(8): A1-A40.
  • "Small Nominals". Natural Language and Linguistic Theory 24(2): 433-500.
  • "Topic and Focus as Linear Notions: Evidence from Italian and Russian". Lingua 114(3): 325-344.
  • "Cognate Objects in Russian". Canadian Journal of Linguistics 44(3): 267-291.


  • "As easy as two, three, four?" In: Browne, Wayles; Adam Cooper; Alison Fisher; Esra Kesici; Nikola Predolac and Draga Zec (eds.) Formal Approaches to Slavic Linguistics 18: The Cornell Meeting. Ann Arbor, MI: Michigan Slavic Publications. Pp. 417-434.
  • "Distributivity is not uniformly over events". In: Cabredo Hofherr, Patricia and Brenda Laca (eds.) Studies in verbal plurality. Niemeyer, Tubingen.
  • "Russian nibud’-Series as Markers of Co-variation". In: Abner, Natasha and Jason Bishop (eds.) Proceedings of the 27th West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics, Somerville, MA: Cascadilla Proceedings Project. Pp. 370-378.
  • "Split Phrases in Colloquial Russian: A Corpus Study". In: M. Goledzinowska et al. (eds.) Formal Approaches to Slavic Linguistics 15: The Toronto Meeting. Ann Arbor, MI: Michigan Slavic Publications. Pp. 262-280.

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© 2001: On the Nature of Intra-Clausal Relations: A Study of Copular Sentences in Russian and Italian. Ph.D. dissertation. McGill University. Distributed by McGill Working Papers in Linguistics.