Elmira Zhamaletdinova: PhD project

Working title: “Modal constructions in Russian”

Supervisors: Laura A. Janda, Tore Nesset


This study is aimed to provide a corpus-based analysis of Russian modal constructions involving adverbial or adjectival predicatives (like nado ‘must’, možno ‘be able’, nel’zja ‘one cannot’) followed by an infinitive and with experiencer marked in the Dative case. The purpose of this investigation is twofold. First, to analyze modal constructions in terms of a radial category and build a network of related modal constructions (Janda et al. 2013). On the other hand, an equally important goal is to explore interactions between the core grammatical categories of verbs, namely modality, aspect, tense and evidentiality, and the interaction between modality and negation from the perspective of cognitive linguistics.

Project duration: 2019 – 2023


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