Russian čut’: puzzles of grammaticalization
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В. А. Плунгян
ИРЯ им. В. В. Виноградова РАН
Е. В. Рахилина
НИУ ВШЭ
М. И. Орехова
НИУ ВШЭ
Published 2021-07-26
https://doi.org/10.15388/SBOL.2021.17
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Keywords

grammaticalization
polysemy
discourse markers
early modern Russian

How to Cite

Плунгян В. А., Рахилина Е. В. and Орехова М. И. (2021) “Russian čut’: puzzles of grammaticalization”, Vilnius University Open Series, pp. 331-339. doi: 10.15388/SBOL.2021.17.

Abstract

The paper analyzes some non-trivial properties of the Russian particle čut’ (≈ ‘a little’) as well as its reduplicated counterpart čut’-čut’ used as a discourse marker. The rapid grammaticalization of čut’ started around the 17th century resulted in the coexistence of three types of values: quantitative (‘small quantity’), avertive (followed by negation and often by bylo), and immediate (‘as soon as’). This is a peculiar polysemy; what makes it even more peculiar is the fact that a large part of quantitative values related to nominal quantity is a very recent development and not an early inheritance as one might a priori expect.

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