Past Participle Formation and the Eventive/Adjectival Passive in Russian

  • Olga Borik


The main question addressed in this article is how to explain the differences in the interpretation between short and long forms of past passive participles in predicative positions in Russian. The main observation is that short form participles in predicative position can yeild either an eventive or a stative passive interpretation, whereas long forms can only be interpreted statively. Apart from this, long and short participles exhibit a number of empirical differences, such as availiability of un-prefixation, various modifiers, etc. This paper proposes a formal compositional analysis of participle formation which involves two distinct operators in the derivation of long and short forms. An adjectivizing head A derives long participles and existentially binds an event variable of the underlying verb, whereas a participial head Prt derives short participles and existentially binds an external argument of the input structure. The proposed analysis accounts for the observed empirical differences between long and short past passive participles in Russian.
How to Cite
Borik, O. (1). Past Participle Formation and the Eventive/Adjectival Passive in Russian. Proceedings of Sinn Und Bedeutung, 17, 115-132. Retrieved from