Historical analysis of the meanings of Russian verbal prefixes
The vocabulary of Russian with its unfamiliar roots, prefixes and suffixes is acknowledged to be one of the main difficulties for the non-Slavonic student of the language. The "meanings" given to prefixes in particular have, ever since I became aware of the existence of prefixed verbs in Russian, per. lexed rne by their multiplicity and unanalysability: why, for example, did za- express both the beginning and the end of an action? When I came, therefore, to choose a subject of research for the degree of PhD., it was natural to wish to elucidate such problems. A historical viewpoint was chosen because of the light it could throw on the facts of Modern Russian.