Syntactic archaisms in colloquial Russian

2018. №6, 60-84

Boris A. Uspenskij
National Research University Higher School of Economics, Moscow, Russia;


The article analyzes archaic syntactic constructions in colloquial Russian when a noun in genitive appears as the direct object of a transitive verb (such as dat’ noža, etc.). The connection of such genitival constructions with the semantics of partitivity is demonstrated. The author concentrates on the origin and semantics of the approving or encouraging exclamation molodca! in the Russian spoken language. According to the author, it is a former genitive form of the direct object related to a verb of utterance (verbum dicendi), i. e. a part of a construction similar to such phrases as skazat’ duraka or pustit’ petuxa.

For citation:

Uspenskij B. A. Syntactic archaisms in colloquial Russian. Voprosy Jazykoznanija. 2018. No. 6. Pp. 60–84. DOI: 10.31857/S0373658X0002020-1.