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Russian constructions with ‘take’ expressing an unexpected event: Their historical origin and development in the 19th century


Weiss, Daniel (2022). Russian constructions with ‘take’ expressing an unexpected event: Their historical origin and development in the 19th century. In: Andrason, Alexander; Aikhenvald, Alexandra. The rise and fall of Serial Verb Constructions. Stellenbosch: Universiteit Stellenbosch * Department of General Linguistics, 37-54.

Abstract

This study aims at elucidating the rise and expansion of four competing Russian constructions expressing the unexpectedness of an event. Тhree of them are built according to the pseudo-coordinative model ‘take and do’ and one follows the serial model ‘take do’. The historical data stemming from the Russian national corpus and covering the whole 19th century reveals striking differences between these constructions in terms of frequency and grammaticalisation, the most peripheral being the serial model. Evidence for ongoing grammaticalisation is mainly based on the rise of non-canonical second verbs denoting an uncontrollable event and inanimate subjects. Special attention will be given to the meanings of the imperative and contextually bound pragmatic effects.

Keywords: “Surprise” constructions; pseudo-coordination; verb serialisation; syndetic linking; grammaticalisation of ‘take’; imperativus dramaticus; pragmatic effects; Russian colloquial syntax.

Abstract

This study aims at elucidating the rise and expansion of four competing Russian constructions expressing the unexpectedness of an event. Тhree of them are built according to the pseudo-coordinative model ‘take and do’ and one follows the serial model ‘take do’. The historical data stemming from the Russian national corpus and covering the whole 19th century reveals striking differences between these constructions in terms of frequency and grammaticalisation, the most peripheral being the serial model. Evidence for ongoing grammaticalisation is mainly based on the rise of non-canonical second verbs denoting an uncontrollable event and inanimate subjects. Special attention will be given to the meanings of the imperative and contextually bound pragmatic effects.

Keywords: “Surprise” constructions; pseudo-coordination; verb serialisation; syndetic linking; grammaticalisation of ‘take’; imperativus dramaticus; pragmatic effects; Russian colloquial syntax.

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Item Type:Book Section, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Slavonic Studies
06 Faculty of Arts > Zurich Center for Linguistics
Dewey Decimal Classification:490 Other languages
410 Linguistics
Uncontrolled Keywords:“Surprise” constructions; pseudo-coordination; verb serialisation; syndetic linking; grammaticalisation of ‘take’; imperativus dramaticus; pragmatic effects; Russian colloquial syntax.
Language:English
Date:December 2022
Deposited On:03 Jan 2023 08:00
Last Modified:28 Jun 2024 01:37
Publisher:Universiteit Stellenbosch * Department of General Linguistics
Series Name:SPIL Plus
Number:65
ISSN:1726-541X
OA Status:Green
Free access at:Publisher DOI. An embargo period may apply.
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.5842/65-1-968
Official URL:https://spilplus.journals.ac.za/pub/article/view/968
Related URLs:https://spilplus.journals.ac.za/pub (Publisher)
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