Ilja A. Seržant

List of John Benjamins publications for which Ilja A. Seržant plays a role.


The Diachronic Typology of Non-Canonical Subjects

Edited by Ilja A. Seržant and Leonid Kulikov

[Studies in Language Companion Series, 140] 2013. xxv, 364 pp.
Subjects Historical linguistics | Syntax | Theoretical linguistics | Typology


Seržant, Ilja A., Katarzyna Janic, Darja Dermaku and Oneg Ben Dror 2021 Typology of coding patterns and frequency effects of antipassivesStudies in Language 45:4, pp. 968–1023 | Article
Frequency asymmetries within a minimal grammatical domain create offline associations that languages tend to exploit for a more efficient encoding. We explore cross-linguistic coding patterns of antipassives. We first argue that antipassive markers tend to have properties of derivational markers. read more
Seržant, Ilja A. 2020 Chapter 6. Paradigmatisation of the perfect and resultative in TocharianPerfects in Indo-European Languages and Beyond, Crellin, Robert and Thomas Jügel (eds.), pp. 215–244 | Chapter
In this chapter I consider a periphrastic construction based on the resultative participle and the auxiliary. The semantics are those typical of a perfect grammaticalized from a resultative construction. The combination with time adverbials as well as contextual information show that the… read more
Seržant, Ilja A. 2016 The nominative case in Baltic in a typological perspectiveArgument Realization in Baltic, Holvoet, Axel and Nicole Nau (eds.), pp. 137–198 | Article
The paper is a semasiological study of the nominative case in Baltic languages, including morphological and primarily syntactic and semantic-pragmatic aspects. Morphologically, the Baltic nominative case is marked in almost all declensions and numbers by dedicated affixes. Syntactically, the… read more
Seržant, Ilja A. and Jana Taperte 2016 Differential Argument Marking with the Latvian debitive: A multifactorial analysisArgument Realization in Baltic, Holvoet, Axel and Nicole Nau (eds.), pp. 199–258 | Article
The present paper investigates the NP-triggered Differential Argument Marking phenomena (DAM) found in the debitive construction of Latvian. There are two perspectives: the synchronic perspective aims at providing a coherent description of the DAM in Contemporary Latvian, while comparison with data… read more
Seržant, Ilja A. 2015 An approach to syntactic reconstructionPerspectives on Historical Syntax, Viti, Carlotta (ed.), pp. 117–154 | Article
The paper is primarily devoted to a methodological discussion. There are two different types of inquiries into diachronic syntax and, more generally, grammar: stage reconstruction and etymological reconstruction. The aim of the first type is to reconstruct and compare diachronic stages within a… read more
Seržant, Ilja A. 2015 Categorization and semantics of subject-like obliques: A cross-linguistic perspectiveSubjects in Constructions – Canonical and Non-Canonical, Helasvuo, Marja-Liisa and Tuomas Huumo (eds.), pp. 175–203 | Article
This chapter’s underlying framework is one of functionalist cognitive linguistics. It suggest a categorization of non-prototypical trajector (subject) constructions into syntax-, gram- and lexeme-driven ones depending on the nature of the domain that triggers the oblique case-marking on the… read more
Seržant, Ilja A. 2014 The independent partitive genitive in LithuanianGrammatical Relations and their Non-Canonical Encoding in Baltic, Holvoet, Axel and Nicole Nau (eds.), pp. 257–299 | Article
The aim of the paper is to give a semantic description of the independent or bare partitive genitive (IPG) in Lithuanian in rather neutral, functional terms. The IPG is a multi-faceted category that bears on the domains of quantification and (in)definiteness. On its quantificational reading, the… read more
Seržant, Ilja A. 2013 Rise of canonical subjecthoodThe Diachronic Typology of Non-Canonical Subjects, Seržant, Ilja A. and Leonid Kulikov (eds.), pp. 283–310 | Article
In this paper I have examined several instances in which an oblique constituent acquires canonical subject marking, i.e. nominative case and verbal agreement (in an accusative language). These instances show that an oblique constituent may acquire subject coding properties without being beforehand… read more
Seržant, Ilja A. 2013 The diachronic typology of non-canonical subjects and subject-like obliquesThe Diachronic Typology of Non-Canonical Subjects, Seržant, Ilja A. and Leonid Kulikov (eds.), pp. 313–360 | Article
Seržant, Ilja A., Chiara Fedriani and Leonid Kulikov 2013 IntroductionThe Diachronic Typology of Non-Canonical Subjects, Seržant, Ilja A. and Leonid Kulikov (eds.), pp. ix–xxvi | Article