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Поди знай, что это значит: конструкция трудновыполнимого действия поди VIMPER

The paper briefly describes the formal and semantic properties of Russian construction composed of поди and a second imperative form VIMPER. The construction поди VIMPER may represent either unrealizable action from the speaker’s point of view or an action perceived by the speaker as very difficult. The theoretical framework used in this study is based on Construction Grammar. Поди VIMPER construction inherits its properties both from Russian non-directive imperative readings (or pseudo-imperative constructions) and from discourse word поди.