On the internal and external syntax of adverbial clauses in Faroese: Causal and temporal clauses

Ásgrímur Angantýsson, Caroline Heycock

Research output: Working paper

Abstract / Description of output

Recent and current research into the syntax of adverbial clauses has been investigating their external syntax (in particular where they attach to their host clause), their internal syntax (in particular whether or not they exhibit certain “root phenomena,” including V2), and how these two aspects may be connected. This paper investigates how some of these issues play out in causal and temporal adverbial clauses in Faroese. We draw on existing work on causal clauses in Icelandic, and demonstrate that Faroese also exhibits a correlation between attachment site, type of causal interpretation, and the possibility of argument fronting within the adverbial clause. We then turn to temporal clauses to investigate the hypothesis that the constraints on argument fronting are due to
A′-movement within the adverbial clause. We show that there is positive evidence for the existence of such A′-movement only in a subset of temporal clauses (extending observations that have been made for other languages), posing a challenge for the intervention account of this restriction in adverbial clauses.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherLund University
Number of pages25
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2023

Publication series

NameWorking Papers in Scandinavian Syntax
PublisherLund University

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • syntax
  • Faroese
  • adverbial clauses


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