On the Semantics of the Instrumental Case Marking in Russian: Constructions with Instrumental Complements
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This thesis examines the Instrumental case marking on complements in constructions with verbs denoting movement of body parts, verbs that allow an alternation of the Instrumental and Accusative case marking, and verbs with a semantic content of 'domination,' 'possession' and 'evaluation.' The Instrumental case marking in Russian is used in many ways and is not well understood. This thesis focuses on 'quirky' Instrumental case marking in constructions, in which the semantic motivation of the Instrumental case marking is less than obvious. These constructions represent the unpredictable and controversial uses of the Instrumental case marking and are of particular interest because there is little analysis of them in the scholarly literature.