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On the word “polusonok” (Genetivus pluralis) in the “Grifel’naja oda” (“Slate ode”) by Osip Mandel’štam

Boris A. Uspenskij


The article is concerned with the structure and the significance of the word polusonok created by O. E. Mandel’štam. The author reconstructs its derivational history and demonstrates that the word was created for expressing a plurale tantum.


Mandel’štam; “Grifel’naja oda” (“Slate ode”); neologisms; pluralia tantum


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