The Have/Be alternation in contemporary Faroese

Caroline Heycock, Hjalmar Petersen

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This paper investigates the status of the alternation in Faroese between HAVE (hava) and BE (vera) as auxiliaries combining with the past participle / supine. We present the results of two online questionnaire studies and argue that the data indicate that in Faroese the HAVE/BE alternation is an alternation of perfect auxiliaries, like Danish but unlike the other Scandinavian languages, where BE can only be used to convey resultant state.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)143-158
JournalActa Linguistica Hafniensia: International Journal of Linguistics
Issue number2
Early online date15 Sep 2017
Publication statusPublished - 2017


  • syntax
  • Faroese
  • Danish
  • Scandinavian
  • perfect


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