Constructions with ‘take’ in Latgalian: The limits of diachrony

  • Nicole Nau Department of Scandinavian Studies, Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, Poland
Keywords: Latgalian, serial verb constructions, pseudo-coordination, take verbs, grammaticalization, register variation


A collection of Latgalian oral folktales published in 1895 shows a great frequency of multi-verb constructions with a modifying verb ‘take’, including Serial Verb Constructions. These constructions are not found in Old Latgalian written texts, while in modern writing, only one type is attested: pseudo-coordination. Although the documentation of Latgalian spans almost three centuries, it is not possible to show grammaticalization paths of multi-verb constructions, as these are register-specific.