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Expressions of Plurality in Russian: Difficulties for Learners of Russian as a Foreign Language

Student: Alina Saveleva

Supervisor: Olga Eremina

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities

Educational Programme: Russian as a Foreign Language in Cross-Linguistic and Cross-Cultural Perspective (Master)

Year of Graduation: 2019

This research is commited to study the variability between nominative and genitive case of the plural adjectives in the position after the numerals ‘two’, ‘three’, ‘four’ and before feminine nouns. The constructions were reviewed according to morphosyntactic and semantic analysis. In addition, constructions with inversion, where the adjective is located in front of the numeral and noun, were considered. Also an error analysis, which was based on the RLC corpora, was performed, as well as the annotation of these errors. As a result, we propose the system that describes the choice of case in the analyzed constructions. The system has 3 modes: 1) full variability; 2) the preference of one or another case; 3) a prohibition on the use of one of the cases. Based on the data obtained, recommendations are being offered for how to work with these constructions in Russian as a foreign language lessons. Key words: variability, morphosyntax analysis, semantic analysis, nominative case, genitive case, Russian as a foreign language

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