Residual V-to-I in Faroese and its lack in Danish: Detecting the final stages of a syntactic change

Caroline Heycock, Antonella Sorace, Zakaris Hansen, Sten Vikner, Frances Wilson

Research output: Working paper

Abstract

In Heycock et al. (2010a) it was shown that V-to-I in contemporary Faroese has much lower acceptability than might be expected from a number of descriptions in the literature. Given that it was also argued that Faroese has a relatively free distribution of embedded V2 (EV2), it might be concluded that all putative instances of V-to-I in the language can be attributable to EV2. Here we demonstrate, however, that the judgments on clear cases of EV2 and on possible cases of V-to-I differ subtly but measurably, showing that the loss of V-to-I in this language has not yet gone entirely to completion. We further demonstrate that the situation in Faroese contrasts with that in Danish, as expected under the assumption that V-Neg orders in sub- ordinate clauses in Danish are entirely attributable to EV2, as argued in e.g. Vikner (1995).
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLund
Pages137-165
Number of pages28
Volume87
Publication statusPublished - May 2011

Publication series

NameWorking Papers in Scandinavian Syntax
PublisherLund University

Keywords

  • Faroese
  • Danish
  • syntax
  • verb-movement

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