Russian prepositional phrases: a cognitive linguistic approach

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The book presents a comprehensive study of Russian prepositions, with a focus on expressing spatial characteristics. It primarily deals with how metaphorical and metonymical transfers motivate the use of Russian prepositional phrases, explaining the collocations of prepositional phrases with verbs as a realisation of a conceptual metaphor or a metonymy. The author confronts a problem that is attracting growing attention within present-day linguistics: the semantics of prepositions and cases. The book seeks to clarify the conceptual motivations for the use of the combinations of Russian primary prepositional phrases, as well as to demonstrate how their spatial meanings are extended into non-spatial domains. This book incorporates an analysis of a large number of items, including 30 combinations of primary prepositions with cases. An original contribution, the book is of interest to teachers and students studying Slavic languages, and to cognitive linguists.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationSingapore
PublisherSpringer, Springer Nature
Number of pages313
ISBN (Electronic)9789811552168
ISBN (Print)9789811552151
Publication statusPublished - 2020


  • Cognitive linguistic
  • Collocations of prepositional phrases with verbs
  • Conceptual metaphors
  • Conceptual metonyms
  • Non-spatial senses of prepositional phrases
  • Patterns of semantic extensions
  • Polysemy of prepositional phrases
  • Russian language
  • Semantics of prepositions and cases
  • Spatial senses of prepositional phrases


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