This paper contributes to the cross-linguistic study of indefinites by reporting on two experimental studies on the scopal and functional properties of the two Russian indefinites koe- and -to. We show that koe- allows not only wide scope readings out of syntactic islands, but also functional readings, much like English a certain. -to, on the other hand, allows all possible scopal readings and both functional and non-functional readings. We then discuss this state of affairs from the perspective of a number of prominent theories of indefinite scope.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2019


  • Indefinites
  • Russian
  • Wide scope

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language


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