Trends in the (non)grammaticalization of Old Bulgarian мощи ‘can, be able to‘ Cover Image
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Тенденции в (не)граматикализацията на старобългарския глагол мощи ʼмога, в състояние съм’
Trends in the (non)grammaticalization of Old Bulgarian мощи ‘can, be able to‘

Author(s): Tatyana Slavova
Subject(s): Language studies, Language and Literature Studies, Theoretical Linguistics, Applied Linguistics, Studies of Literature, Semantics, South Slavic Languages, Philology, Translation Studies
Published by: Софийски университет »Св. Климент Охридски«
Keywords: modal verb мощи (meaning ‘can; be able to'); periphrastic future tense; periphrastic prohibitive; old Bulgarian writing

Summary/Abstract: The article studies two opposite tendencies in the development of the modal verb мощи (meaning ‘can, be able toʼ – on the one hand, its non-grammaticalization into grameme for expressing periphrastic future tense, and on the other, its grammaticalization into a grameme for expressing periphrastic prohibitive. The issue is discussed in the context of Old Bulgarian writing and the history of Bulgarian language as well as in comparison with other Indo-European languages.

  • Issue Year: 2015
  • Issue No: 3
  • Page Range: 68-75
  • Page Count: 8
  • Language: Bulgarian