Copular verb slyt’: the history of modalization

2018. № 1 (35), 85-109

Alexandr V. Zelenin, Tampereen yliopisto; Tampere, Finland; Dmitry V. Rudnev, St. Petersburg State University; St. Petersburg, Russia


The article presents a complex (grammatical, lexical, semantic, pragmatic) analysis of the verbal copula slyt’, from the Old Russian period to the present. The present study describes mechanisms of semantic-grammatical transformation of the syncretic copular verb slyt’ from the nominative meaning (‘to be called’) to the modern modal meaning (‘to be considered’).