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Constructional Aspects of the Rise of epistemic sentence adverbs in Russian.

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Hansen, Björn
Date of publication of this fulltext: 03 Feb 2012 08:14


In this article we are going to trace the transition of modal verbs into epistemic adverbs. This development found in nearly all European languages will be analysed on the basis of Russian možet (byt’) which goes back to the third person singular present tense of the modal verb moč’ plus infinitive. In our study we shall focus on the constructional aspects of this language change with the aim to ...


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