Post-verbal subjects and agreement: Specificational copular clauses in Faroese

Jutta M. Hartmann, Caroline Heycock

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In this paper we discuss a type of copular clause—specificational copular clauses—in which subject properties may be split between two nominative noun phrases. In particular, while the first noun phrase occupies the canonical preverbal subject position, in some languages the finite verb can agree with the postverbal nominative. Such agreement might be expected, on some theoretical assumptions, to show person restrictions. We discuss this phenomenon in two SVO Germanic languages—Icelandic and Faroese—and present new data from Faroese showing that the person effect here follows from the existence of distinct probes for Number and Person agreement.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)187-212
JournalItalian Journal of Linguistics
Issue number2
Early online date31 Oct 2018
Publication statusPublished - 2018


  • Faroese
  • syntax
  • agreement
  • Icelandic
  • copula


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