Конструкция ‘стал быть’ в русском языке
This article considers the Russian marginal copula construction stat’ +byt’ (become to be) + nonverbal predicate and its normative variant without the copula byt’. These constructions were used in the 18th century language where they both were thought as normative, and they are still used today in web communications although possibly without a diachronic succession. We try to figure out the underlying factors that contribute to the choice of the construction and claim that they are different for the language of today and the 18th century. That leads us to the conclusion that the semantic contribution of the copula verb in the 21st century language of the internet communication is not the same as it was in the 18th century.