This is a brief outline of a semantic representation of linguistic objects in Russian—words, phrases, sentences—based on the concept of valency. Valency is explored as a property of all kinds of linguistic signs: words, parts of words, signs with non-phonological expression, and completely implicit signs. An important distinction is made between semantic and syntactic signs, and amongst semantic signs between signs with and without valency (signs denoting "facts" versus signs denoting "things"). The examples analysed are chosen with special attention paid to ways of transforming nominal phrases into copulative sentences.
2010. Vol. 50, 27-35 p.