In the spring/summer of 2019, I will give peer-reviewed talks at the eighth installment of the Cambridge Comparative Syntax conference (CamCoS) at the University of Cambridge and the 52nd Annual Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europæa in Leipzig.

Talk at FARL 3

5 April 2019

I have recently given a presentation at the third installment of the Formal Approaches to Russian Linguistics workshop at Lomonosov Moscow State University. In my talk, I have tried to adapt an exhaustification analysis of PPI-disjunction to the facts of Russian. An abstract and a set of slides are available here.

A team of researchers at HSE, including myself, has recently been awarded a highly competitive and prestigious grant by the Russian Science Foundation. Over the next few years, we’ll be investigating non-finite constructions in a number of severely understudied languages of Russia (Avar, Bagwalal, Udi, Agul, Hill Mari, Meadow Mari, Northern Khanty, Chukchi). The project’s title is When the verb isn’t a verb: Non-finite constructions in the languages of Russia, and you can read more about it here.

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I have recently presented my ongoing work on the syntactico-semantic properties of negation in Avar in the Andic seminar at the Institute of Linguistics of the Russian Academy of Sciences. This was my first Russian-language presentation after a long lull. In the talk, I argued that the rather idiosyncratic morphosyntactic properties of Avar negation, as well as the restrictions on the expression and interpretation of negation, can be accounted for in a framework postulating an ontological distinction between (sets of) events and (sets of) situations as conceptual underpinnings of the hierarchy of functional projections.

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11 June 2017

I will present my recent work on the PPI-behaviour of the Russian plain disjunction marker ili at the 33rd annual meeting of the Israel Association for Theoretical Linguistics. In the talk, I argue that that behaviour as well as the apparent exceptions can be derived from the phrasal versus clausal character of the disjunction, and the status of Russian as a negative concord language.

Recent Writing

  • (with Anna Kuznetsova) “Linearization constraints on sentential negation in Russian Sign Language are prosodic.” Sign Language & Linguistics 24(2): 259–273. Abstract  pdf
  • “Against Upwards Agree.” The Linguistic Review 38(1): 65–99. Abstract  pdf
  • “Agreeing adpositions in Avar and the directionality of valuation debate.” Linguistic Inquiry 51(4): 829–844. Abstract  pdf
  • (with Fyodor Baykov) “Not all obligatory control is movement.” Journal of Linguistics 56(4): 893–906. Abstract  pdf
  • “The Anaphor Agreement Effect is not about featural deficiency: Evidence from Avar.” Glossa: a journal of general linguistics 5(1): 1–19. Abstract  pdf

Recent & Upcoming Presentations

Recent & Upcoming Classes


I’m Pavel Rudnev, and this is my personal website. I’m a research fellow and lecturer in linguistics at HSE University in Moscow. My main area of interest is syntax and its interfaces with sound and meaning. In particular, my current research revolves around the structure of nominal expressions, agreement, case and verbal morphosyntax in East Caucasian languages, and the syntax-to-phonology mapping in Russian Sign Language.



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