Pseudo-coordinations in Faroese

Caroline Heycock, Hjalmar Petersen

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In this article we describe the system of pseudo-coordinations in Faroese—coordinations in the verbal system in which the second conjunct appears in fact to be subordinated to the first—in the light of previous discussions of this phenomenon in Scandinavian. We discuss pseudo-coordinations—mainly, but not exclusively, with verbs of posture in the first conjunct—that have an aspectual interpretation (e.g “sit and …”); and also pseudo-coordinations where the second conjunct alternates with an infinitive clause (e.g. “try and …”). We conclude with an overview of the distribution of pseudo-coordinations in Germanic, and offer some suggestions as to how they may have arisen in Faroese.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMultilingual individuals and multilingual societies
EditorsKurt Braunmüller, Christoph Gabriel
PublisherJohn Benjamins
Number of pages21
ISBN (Electronic)ISBN 978 90 272 7349 9
ISBN (Print)978 90 272 1933 6
Publication statusPublished - 2012

Publication series

NameHamburg Studies on Multilingualism
PublisherJohn Benjamins


  • Faroese
  • coordination
  • syntax


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