Russian verbs of motion and their aspectual partners in Fluid Construction Grammar

Katrien Beuls, Yana Knight, Michael Spranger

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Russian boasts a highly complex aspectual system which can appear irregular and difficult to learn. It has recently been suggested that motion verbs, which are normally seen as exceptional in their nature, may in fact be at the core of this system, motivating aspectual behavior based on stem directionality. This suggests that analyzing motion verbs may help understand the Russian aspectual system as a whole. The present work demonstrates how Russian motion verbs and their aspectual partners can be implemented and processed successfully with Fluid Constructional Grammar. The study presents an example of language processing in both production and comprehension in operation and highlights the flexibility and power of this formalism, despite the challenges that this complex aspectual system poses.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)302-320
Number of pages19
JournalConstructions and Frames
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2017


  • Computational constructional morphology
  • Fluid Construction Grammar
  • Motion verbs
  • Russian aspect


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