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Partee, H. Barbara and Vladimir Borschev. 2012. Sortal, Relational, and Functional Interpretations of Nouns and Russian Container Constructions. Journal of Semantics 29 (4) : 445–486. 42 pp.
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Oxford: Oxford University Press


This article focuses on Genitive of measure constructions in Russian, i.e. stakan molika (glass of milk). The concrete container noun, in this case the glass, through semantic shifts becomes a unit of measure. Metonymy seems to play a role in this shift of meaning, although this is not clear enough. Other constructions such as parameter-headed NPs as modifiers in English (Partee 1986) and Genitive with Obligatory Third Term (Borschev & Knorina 1990) in Russian are briefly discussed.