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Ontology of situations for condition (state) – linguistic modeling. Comparative research for Bulgarian and Russian

Department of Computational Linguistics

Period: 2021 – 2022

Type of project: collective, international

Funding: National Science Fund

Principal investigator: prof. Svetla Koeva PhD

Participants: prof. Svetla Koeva PhD, prof. Maksim Stamenov PhD, assist. prof. Valentina Stefanova PhD, assist. prof. Maria Todorova PhD, assist. prof. Svetlozara Leseva PhD, assist. prof. Cvetana Dimitrova PhD, Ivelina Stoyanova PhD, Hristina Kukova, prof. Yovka Tisheva PhD (freelance associate, Sofia university St. Kliment Ohridski), assosc. prof. Marina Jonova PhD (freelance associate, Sofia university St. Kliment Ohridski); from russian side: prof. Elena Ivanova PhD (principal investigator of the project), prof. Anton Zimmerling PhD, prof. Galina Kustova PhD, principal researcher Alexander Letuchiy, junior researcher Maria Ovsyanikova, Alexandra Eremchenko


The project is dedicated to the predicate-argument structures that express situations of condition (state) in Bulgarian and Russian language. The research is aimed at semantic description and typologisation of the predicates and predicatives for state (stative predicates and predicatives), researching of the models in their syntactic realization and establishing the set of semantic and grammatical characteristics that determine the realization of diatheses and possible alternations between them. As a result of the linguistic modeling an ontology of the ways of expressing condition (state) and the specifics of the conceptualisation, lexicalization and grammaticalization in expressing condition (state) will be presented in the two researched languages. The project will contribute for the clarification of the character of the predicativity and its manifestations concidering the current state of the Bulgarian and Russian language and give an opportunity for deeper research individualy and in comparison of the semantic and syntactic constructions for expressing the different types of conditions (state). The comparison with the Russian language will distinguish the all-Slavic and language specific features of the two languages.
The project is part of the priorirty scientific direction of the Institute for Bulgarian language Theoretical linguistic researches

Results: Thematically connected articles and research papers; databases with excerpted examples, that ilustrate predicates and predicatives for condition (states) in Bulgarian and Russian; Chapters of collective monography.