ON RULES OF RUSSIAN CONJUGATION: PRELIMINARY INFORMATION (O PRAVILAKH RUSSKOGO SPRYAZHENIYA: PREDVARITEL'NOYE SOOBSHCHENIYE)
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The paper consists of a detailed examination of the Russian conjugation. It is shown that considerable simplifications can be achieved if the rules which describe the different forms are made to apply in a specific order. Further economies can be realized if the Immediate Constituent IC structure of the forms is taken into consideration, so that a part of the ordered rules is applied in cyclical fashion to successively larger and larger constituents beginning with smallest IC and ending with the IC that includes the entire form. It is shown in passing that the proposed rules account in a thoroughly natural fashion for certain other morphophonemic processes of the language such as the derivation of the adjectival forms of comparison. The appendix gives in outline form a proposed treatment of the derivation of imperfective verbs from prefixed perfective verbs.