ERIC Number: ED138079
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Non-Deterministic Context and Aspect Choice in Russian.
Koubourlis, Demetrius J.
In any given context, a Russian verb form may be either perfective or imperfective. Perfective aspect signals the completion or result of an action, whereas imperfective does not. Aspect choice is a function of context, and two types of context are distinguished: deterministic and non-deterministic. This paper is part of a larger study whose aim is to arrive at a contextual definition of aspect choice which will include both deterministic and non-deterministic context types. A framework for the examination of aspect choice over a statistically valid corpus is proposed in conjunction with methodically controlled non-deterministic context types. To test the dependence of one grammatical category on another, a suitable scale of measurement and a correct statistical tool must be selected. Out of four scales, ordinal, interval, ratio, and nominal, the latter is selected. The chi-square test is chosen as the statistical tool, due to its flexibility. Application of these tools using a corpus of 100,000 running words recorded from Russian language broadcasts of the Voice of America is described. (Author/CLK)
Descriptors: Context Clues, Correlation, Descriptive Linguistics, Form Classes (Languages), Language Instruction, Language Research, Language Usage, Linguistic Theory, Measurement Instruments, Research Design, Research Methodology, Russian, Second Language Learning, Statistical Analysis, Structural Analysis, Verbs
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Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Pacific Northwest Conference on Foreign Languages, Portland, OR.
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Pacific Northwest Council on Foreign Languages (26th, Simon Fraser University, April 17-19, 1975)