1 : between Grammar and Dictionary 1 Mikhail Kopotev Department of Slavonic and Baltic Languages and Literatures, University of Helsinki, Finland The article is devoted to the analysis of two Russian syntactic phrasemes. The restrictions on lexical variables are investigated, their discourse links are established, and frequency data on their usage are cited. Some definite realizetions of the phrasemes in question can be generated using certain grammatical rules, however a part of them is stored in the Dictionary in the ready to use form. :..,,.,,. According to the definition of a syntactic phraseme given by I. A. Melcuk 2, Russian expressions like should be 1 This research was supported by the Finnish Academy (a multidisciplinary research project, funded within the research programme "Russia in Flux"). I wish to express my gratitude to L. A. Biryulin, A. Mustajoki, A. Nikunlassi, and E Ju. Protassova for their comments on drafts of the article. 2 ' A syntactic phraseme is a surface syntactic tree containing no full lexical nodes (its nodes are labeled with either lexemic variables or structural words) but Possessing a specific signified, having as its signifier a specific syntactic construction, and a specific prosody, and featuring as well a specific syntactics' Mel'cuk 1995, 215; see also Mel'cuk 1995 a]. At the same time, the approach ofhere is also based on 'construction oriented' frameworks, above all Construction Grammar [Fillmore at al. 1988; Goldberg 1995; Kay, Fillmore 1999], and Experientialism [Lakoff 1987].
2 226 Mikhail Kopotev : between Grammar and Dictionary 227 classified as syntactic phrasemes. They have been identified which manifest themselves in an almost identical way: namely, two repeated word forms, with the particle in between. The first type roughly means "an uncontrollable choice", while the second one means 'the utmost quality', The article is devoted to the analysis of these two syntactic phrasemes and a discussion of the question concerning the place of these phrasemes in Grammar or in the Dictionary. In the first part the difference in filling variables will be shown; in the second, the contextual dependence of phrasemes will be analyzed; the third part is devoted to an analysis of the most frequent realizations of the specified phrasemes, and a formal description will be presented in the last part. 1. Lexemic variables The phrasemes in question possess very different constraints pertaining to lexemic variables. I.I. Thephraseme of an uncontrollable choice Any lexeme from a previous context can be used as a filler for the variable X in the phraseme '...X X'. Repeated twice, it serves for the expression of a situation where a choice is not under the close control of a speaker. Such uncontrollability depends on the lexical and morphological meanings of a word used, therefore it can be defined as a radial structure (J. Lakoff) represented in the following central subcategory and its noncentral extensions: an unwilling (or insufficiently motivated) consent (1); nothingness of a choice (2), luck of a choice (3). (1),. (...),,,,.,,. [Volga, 9, 1998] (2),,,.,,,. [A. Rybakov. Strah] (3).,,,,.,. :. [A. Kuznecov. Babij jar] Some Russian particles like, along with others work as a test context for this phraseme. Some realizations of the phraseme are accompanied by a specific intonation with the tone falling towards the end of a phrase. Contrary to the stated opinion (RG 1980; Nikolina 1991; Velicko 1996), this phraseme includes a long list of variables and does not have any tense modifications. An analysis of variables does not reveal almost any word class or other morphological constraints: any form can be used as a filler with the corresponding context support not only 'infinitive, substantive in any case with preposition and not, adjective, adverb' [Velicko 1996, 19]. See, for example, [Svedova 1960, 94 95]. The material collected has shown that finite verbs (4), participles (5), predicatives (6), numerals (7), and, probably, syntactic words (8) are served in addition to the mentioned forms 3. (4), : ',, '. [V. Grossman. izn' i sud'ba] (5),.... [G. Gorin. Skazka pro sobaku, kotoraja pro ila trista let] (6),,, :,, ['Oktjabr', 1, 2001] (7),,.... ['Megapolis Ekspress', ] It was not possible to find any example of syntactic words usage either in the Integrum database or in the RNC. However, it seems that examples such as number (8) do not act as exceptions in Russian language usage and do not contradict the researcher's own intuition. (8),.,... Thus, the collected examples show that fillers of the variable X can interact with all word classes and have minimal restrictions regarding 3 The material has been collected from the Russian National Corpus (RNC), and the Integrum database; it consists of more than 4000 examples.
3 228 Mikhail Kopotev : between Grammar and Dictionary 229 morphological forms (the subjunctive and the imperative mood of verbs and gerunds). At the same time, the assumption that there are modal tense modifications (or a paradigm in terms of the [RG 1980]) for these phrasemes seems to be unacceptable. Examples such as number (9) seem completely artificial, and are not observed either in texts or in the speech of native speakers of Russian. (However, the second type of phrasemes under discussion does display such a possibility). (9) *Hy,. On the other hand, it is quite possible to analyze the following sentences (10 12) as examples of a united 'modal tense paradigm'. (10),. (11),. (12),. Due to the contextual dependence of the phraseme manifestation it looks unnatural that these phrasemes should have a paradigm at all: it is much more important that a certain word form, on which this type can be grounded, was (or was implied) in a previous context The phraseme of the utmost quality The second type of phrasemes under discussion applies stronger restrictions. The structure of this phraseme is JT, where X is an acceptable word form, and the meaning is fully described in [Velicko 1996, 19]: 'a statement, accepting of an identified, or offered object, but in its best, fullest, most qualitative manifestation'. Russian particles like, work as a test context for this phraseme. The prosodic contour is determined by an increase in intonation towards the end of the phrase and can be accompanied by lengthening the stressed vowels. The nominative case of nouns (13) and adjectives (14); infinitives (15) and finite forms of verbs (16 17) 4 serve as variables in the phraseme (see also [Svedova 1960, 95 96; Vsevolodova, Lim Su En ]). (13) \.. Novikova. Mu skoj roman] 4 The verb forms are included in the non strict opposition, where imperfective infinitives oppose perfective past tense forms:, but. There is insufficient place to elaborate upon this subject here. (14),.. [. Suksin, ie(1974)] (15), ',. [A. S. Puskin. Kapitanskaja do ka] (16),,. ['Sovetskaja Rossija', ] (17) \ [Ju. Trifonov. Dom na nabere noj] No example has been found consisting of numerals or syntactic word classes in the RNC or the Integrum database. Examples like (18 20) seem unnatural. Therefore we cannot claim that these word classes cannot be used in the phraseme. (18) *( )! (19) *( )! (20) *( )! In conclusion, the incorrectness of the examples below has to be mentioned (21 23). (21) *(! (22) *( ) (23)? )! It is clear from the examples mentioned, that the nominatives 5 of common nouns 6 and adjectives can be used as variable fillings. It is worse to use adverbs and numerals; they are possible only if they have (or gain from the context) a certain value:! means 'as much as it can be';! is possible in the substantive usage, and means, for example: 'a firm handshake'. According to some special rules, infinitives and finite forms of verbs can be used as well; prepositional phrases and syntactic word classes cannot. As it was mentioned, the phrasemes of the utmost quality can have modal tense modifications (24 25). 5 The only example with a non nominative case given in [Vsevolodova, Lim Su En 2002, 115] ' seems to be periph eral; there is no a single clause in ( the material collected from Russian corpora. 6 There is only one possibility to use proper nouns. It is correct if the refer ence is split; for example,,,, '.
4 230 Mikhail Kopotev : between Grammar and Dictionary 231 (24) )! (25) )! 2. Discourse links The behavior of the two types of phrasemes within the framework of a discourse, as far as the discourse links which these phrasemes possess, is fundamentally different. 2.1 The phraseme of an uncontrollable choice This type of phrasemes leans upon the previous context. Agreeing with the interlocutor (or with the speaker her/himself) one often uses a word form already mentioned. (26),,...,, :. ['Zvezda' ] However, some change in the repeated forms is preferable when there are several word forms in the previous context, making it difficult which word form to choose. In the example below (27), the nearest form of the lexeme is a Genitive (the rest are in the accusative case). The speaker prefers a default nominative form rather than any of the possible alternative. (27),,.?.,?',. : '?' ' '. '?'..,,.... ['Zvezda' ] The synonymic replacement of a lexeme is also possible which, naturally, can lead to certain stylistic modifications. For instance, example (28), despite its stylistic awkwardness, exemplifies the permissible synonymic replacement of an initial lexeme by a final lexeme. (28) '!,,!'. :,,!' ['Karelija' ] Thus, a possible discourse characteristic of phraseme usage rests on the fact, that there is contextual support for the phraseme (often explicitly mentioned in the interlocutor's speech), upon which the phraseme is based, with possible grammatical, lexical, or stylistic modifications. 2.2 The phraseme of the utmost quality It appears that the text links of the phraseme are much more independent. This is proved by the fact, that it can be used freely either in a position of the beginning of a text or in a heading. (29). ['Den", , 120] (30) :,! ['Delovaja Penza', , 168] However, it is clear that these phrasemes are frequently entered with a reference to precedent or pseudo precedent texts. Markers of such 'citation' are the expressions like,, N etc. (31 32). (31) :!' : '!' ['Moskovskajapravda', , 8 (178)] (32) :,,,.,,,,. ['NTV: Geroj dnja, , 19:30] Furthermore, a speaker may label as a citation such expressions for which there are no real sources at all. For instance, example (33) has been found only once: it has been in vain trying to locate a source for the clause below, either in the RNC or in the Integrum Database or in the Runet (Russian Net) in whole. (33) ',!' ['Peterburgskij stroitel'nyj rynok', ; 1 2 (45)]
5 232 Mikhail Kopotev : between Grammar and Dictionary 233 Thus, a possible discourse characteristic of phraseme usage is that they are usually free from the immediate context, but often have links to the overall mental space, including citations, precedent texts, or other common knowledge. 3. Some frequency data This part of the article pursues the idea that the usage of the type of phrasemes under discussion is based on a dependent relationship between frequency data and a cognitive mechanism that directs the usage of the phrasemes. A search for examples in the big corpora has revealed that the most frequent forms are infinitives. Establishing a bank of examples comparable in quantity for the other word classes and word forms would demand a considerable effort. For this reason only syntactic phrasemes including infinitives have been collected. The material collected contradicts the hypotheses that there is a dependent link between the number of 'Inf Inf representations and the number of corresponding verbal lexemes in the Russian language. According to [Zasorina 1977] and [Sarov 2002] the ten most frequent Russian verbs are the following:,,,,,,,,, (Sarov gives the verb instead of given in [Zasorina 1977]). However, the most frequent clauses of the 'Inf Inf type using verbs from the list are and. There are no examples with the verbs,,,, 7 in the data. This proves that there is no link between the frequency of the phraseme and verbs with both types of the phrasemes. In the case of the phraseme of an uncontrollable choice it seems that a long list of verbs (and other lexemes, in all probability) is freely used, without any correlations between the frequency of the characteristics of the phraseme and the lexemes that constitute it. In the case of the phraseme of the utmost quality, the most commonly used is the clause. The Integrum database has more than one and a half thousand examples. That number exceeds that of all other lexemes within the framework of the syntactic phrasemes under discussion. The following clauses noticeably lag behind, but, 7 It does not appear that there is a clear explanation why the clauses like etc. are impossible. nevertheless, often appear: (more than 350 examples), (more than 200 examples), (about 180 examples), (about 170 examples), (about 150 examples), (about 130 examples), (about 90 examples). Naturally, it is useless searching for an explanation for this phenomenon by looking at the frequency with which verbs are used, (the verb, for example, does not even enter the top one hundred most frequently used Russian verbs). A much more plausible reason may be, that the most frequently used phrasemes are those that reflex back to particular precedent texts: five verbs from the list mentioned, namely,,,,, can be traced back to A. Rosenbaum's popular smash hit 'Duck Hunting'. (34), :!!!!!. be precise, the above mentioned phrasemes can be found in the masterpieces of N. A. Nekrasov, N. M. Jazykov, A. Pristavkin, and others. However, these texts can hardly be considered responsible for the coining of the phrases in question. On the other hand, the fact that highfrequency phrasemes are often found in the context of reasoning about the Russian soul and, thus, refer to unclear, but common concepts (see 35 36). (35),. ['Bir a', ; 21] (36),,,. ['Vecernij Novosibirsk', ] In aggregate, these data reveal a dependence of the phraseme of the utmost quality not on the rate of use of a certain lexeme, but on speech usage. The observation shows that the frequency rate depends on a knowledge of popular texts, or on the aspiration of the speaker to motivate the usage by means of creating 'a well known piece of information'. By contrast, the other phraseme, which depends on its immediate context, does not submit to any frequency trend.
6 234 Mikhail Kopotev 4. The formal description The phraseme of an uncontrollable choice relies on its direct context and includes free word forms of various word class in its structure. It is represented that generative rules, rooted in Grammar, allow the creation of a potentially infinite quantity of clauses, constructed on the basis of this idiomatic syntactic model. Apparently, within a linguistic description this type should be specified by certain rules at the Grammar level. At the same time, for accurate representation of the phraseme it is necessary to include information about conditions imposed by the particular frame. Without such a frame a syntactic phraseme can be created, but it will be impossible to use it correctly. This frame may be termed The Realization of a Choice Frame', denoting the presence of an alternative (probably not explicitly shown) and the required choice, that is the focus of the frame (compare [Nikolina 1991, 55]. A generalized description can be set out as follows: Frame: The Realization of a Choice Structure: '...X X', where X is a variable (any word form with a short list of constraints), having a semantic antecedent (probably not expressed or expressed with a synonym) and taking the form of an antecedent or default form. Prosodic contour: falling intonation towards the end of a phrase. Meaning: 'an uncontrollable choice': unwilling (or insufficiently motivated) consent; a lack of choice, a nothingness of choice. Pragmatics: Obligatory context (marked in the abovementioned scheme as '...'). The phraseme of the utmost quality is more independent from its direct context, but connected with more strict rules of usage. In this sense, seemingly, there is no specialized frame fixed to this phraseme. Its grammatical description may look something like this: Structure: Prosodic contour: 'X JC, where X is a variable, having the following: the nominative of adjectives, nouns (except common ones), finite verbs, and infinitives (rather imperfective infinitives and perfective past forms). An increasing intonation forward the end of a phrase (can be accompanied by a lengthening of stressed vowels). Meaning: Pragmatics: : between Grammar and Dictionary 235 'utmost manifestation of a signified'. probable connotation of a well known experience, referring to a precedent (or pseudo precedent) text. The proffered generalized description allows a speaker (including a foreigner) to generate an infinite number of correct Russian phrases. Excluding pragmatic information, such phrasemes will be correct. At the same time, the existence of a ready to use high frequency cliche like in real speech allows one to assume, that some clauses are not generated by the rules defined above, but stored in the memory. In such a case, it should be supposed, that phrasemes under consideration are very closely tied in with lexical idioms like, which cannot be generated by any rules, but stored in the Dictionary. From the semantic point of view there are some similar expressions in Russian, having certain idiomatical restrictions either to the Grammar (see the above mentioned list of the morphological restrictions) or to the Dictionary (for example, a list of lexemes for... includes no more than dozen of items). This conclusion corroborates the conception that 'a strict separation of lexicon and grammar, (...) may prove to be but a methodological prejudice' [Jackendoff 1995, , compare Bybee 1985, ]. It has been assumed, that such a continuum is stored as a 'constructicon' [Schultze Berndt 2002, 302]. However, it seems more likely that there are two ways for syntactic phrasemes to be stored and used. One method is that of ready to use speech patterns which pull together with lexical phrasemes; they are not generated every time and are taken from the Dictionary. As a rule, they contain more connotative information that is typically for the Lexicon. Another method demands the use of some grammatical rules. Naturally, these clauses contain less connotative information, as it is usually located in the Grammar. Most likely, during speech generation a speaker refers to the Dictionary, and if there is no help the clause is generated by certain rules. References Bybee, J. L, 1985: Morphology: A Study of the Relation between Meaning and Form. Amsterdam: John Benjamins, Fillmore, Ch., Kay, P., & O'Connor, M., 1988: 'Regularity and Idiomaticity in Grammatical Constructions: The Case of Let alone'. Language, 64/ P
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