Novosibirsk State Pedagogical University Bulletin, 2014, vol. 4, no. 3, pp. 111–124

Constructions with reflexive pronoun and an inanimate subject

Kustova G. I. 1 (Moscow, Russian Federation)
1 Vinogradov Russian Language Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russian Federation

The paper is devoted to constructions with reflexive pronoun and an inanimate subject, cf.: Eta fraza soderzhit v sebe glubokij smysl. The constructions include a transitive verb and reflexive. Such reflexive constructions are the result of valence-increasing derivation. They correlate with intransitive constructions, such as V etoj fraze soderzhitsia glubokij smysl. Such valence-increasing derivation occurs in the domain of non-agentive meanings. The process of valence-increasing derivation is compared with valence-decreasing derivation. Valence-decreasing derivation is considered on a material of de-causative constructions, cf. Fortochka otkrylas’; Zveri soderzhats’a v kletkah. Considered material illustrates that, first, in the Russian language, along with the process intranzitivation acts tranzitivization relatively regular process and, secondly, that agentive and interpretive spheres arranged in different ways, and this should be taken into account in the linguistic description.


reflexive pronoun, valence-increasing derivation, valence-decreasing derivation, intransitive constructions, transitive constructions, de-causative.

For citation:
Kustova G. I. Constructions with reflexive pronoun and an inanimate subject. Novosibirsk State Pedagogical University Bulletin, 2014, vol. 4, no. 3, pp. 111–124. DOI:

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Date of the publication 20.06.2014